Food Pantry Weekly, 14Nov2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 144
· # individuals served: 514
· # first-timers: 32
· # of volunteers: 36

4,882 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources! 

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. – Hebrews 10:24


If we thought the previous Wednesday, the 7th, was a tough night then this past Wednesday was off the charts, literally! We broke two records. One for the amount of people and households we helped and two, for the length of time we had to stay open in order to accommodate the first. It was both an exhausting and frustrating evening for both our volunteers and our clients. Without too much grumbling, the volunteers continued to serve our clients until we were finally able to serve the last client. Kudos to your perseverance and patience with the process. All through it all, even the last client was able to go home with food. All praise to God!
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I’ve been giving the long length of the food pantry a lot of thought since Wednesday. Yes, we had to stay an extra 30 to 40 minutes past our designated closing time but I have to put things in perspective. We will be closed next week for a well deserved break for our volunteers so an extra hour out of my life this week so that others may have food to eat won’t really make that much difference. I also think that while we put our best effort forward to stage the entire Wednesday evening within a certain time frame, we must adapt sometimes when things are no longer in our control. We must trust God that we are still helping Him to carry out our mission. Remember the Gospel message is really simple, love God and love others!
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Despite all though, it was still another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!
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Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and we will see you again on Nov. 28th!
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Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we need more egg cartons, diapers and baby wipes and MONEY!!

Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.

WE NEED YOU!!

Come 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 Bob Weeks, Nancy Bertolino or Pastor Stella. Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.

What do we need:

• Needs list for those wanting to donate items:

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

• baby food, diapers, other baby items

• 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:

• Wednesday evenings 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up, distribute food to our clients and then clean up! Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

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

• 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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