Food Pantry Weekly, 14Feb2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

Another outstanding night at the Food Pantry! We made quick work of the first 75 clients and by 6:00 all we had left were the trickle in clients. All went smooth and we had an abundance of volunteers.

Since it was Ash Wednesday, the pastor had requested that we serve beans and rice with cornbread as a traditional fare for the occasion. She contacted a member of the church who graciously supplied an overabundance of food so that all the clients and volunteers were well fed!

This brings me to a part of our ministry that I would like to focus on in this update, the Snack Supper. Several years ago it was suggested that we should start making some snacks to give out to our clients while they were waiting to go through the Food Pantry. This part of our ministry has exploded especially since we opened up the fellowship hall for the clients to gather! Now we have a full blown dinner party with lots of good food much like the above mentioned feast.

Laurie McBride took over as the de facto leader of the kitchen team when circumstances allowed her to have more time available. She has put together a great team who arrive early to make snacks and drinks and then cleans up the mess after all our guests have moved down to the food pantry. Although most of the time there may just be simple PBJ sandwiches, don’t be surprised if there is something special like beans and rice on occasion. Laurie and her team are always serving with a great attitude and everyone appreciates their hard work and good food! She could always use more food or help!

Blessings and peace to all!

 

Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two. 

Join our team! Or step up your current involvement!  See below under What do we need, and if you have questions or interest in joining us please reply to this email or contact Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You  to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.

This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 88
  • # individuals served: 263
  • # first-timers: 5
  • # of volunteers: 29

What do we need:

  • Needs list for those wanting to donate items:

o toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc.

o baby food, diapers, other baby items

o reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.)

  • Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line).
  • Would you like to volunteer in the food pantry? There are multiple  opportunities each week:

o Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

o Wednesday morning 10-noon: we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce.

o Tuesday morning: We need volunteers to pick up food at the Food Bank and bring it back to Covenant. You can do a ride-along with one of our current volunteers to see if it’s a good fit for you. You don’t need to use your own vehicle but you do need to be in good physical condition, able to lift and transfer up to 60 pounds. This is an essential task that must be done every week to make the food pantry work. Please help spread the word and let me know if you have questions. By the way, this is a great job to share with a friend: enjoy the company, get a little workout!

Bob Weeks

twitter: @CovenantFood

email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

web:  covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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