Food Pantry Weekly, 18Apr2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

  •          # households served: 91
  •          # individuals served: 272
  •          # first-timers: 7
  •          # of volunteers: 26

A young man came to the Food Pantry Wednesday night with a bag of food he wanted donate. Not all that unusual except this man had been a client of the Food Pantry previously and said that he had found a good job and just wanted to show his appreciation for all he had received by giving back! Hallelujah! Hearing these kind of stories validates all that we are trying to accomplish. I’ve often countered the argument that we need to grow the food pantry with the point that the food pantry needs to disappear because we’ve been able to help someone like this young man get back on his feet. The food pantry seemingly grows itself and we are merely instruments in sustaining it, used by God.

It was another great night and thanks for all you give back in volunteering! It does make a difference!

Blessings, grace and peace!

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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz 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:

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 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up and distribute food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

o   Wednesday morning 10am-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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