Food Pantry Weekly, 22Jul2015

Greetings Foodies!

It was another great day at the Food Pantry. Everybody came early tonight. When the 60th client signed in I looked at my watch; it was 5:35! So at that point all 60 of those clients were downstairs in the food pantry area at one time. It was crazy!!!  Over the next hour and a half we saw only 18 more. It’s just so unpredictable. Thank goodness some thingsare predictable…like having a great volunteer team: 12 during the week this week and 16 tonight; and of course the great provision of food. We ran out of many things just as we ran out of clients! God’s timing is impeccable, as usual. Our annual registration process is still plugging along – we’ve registered 163 households so far this month, including 28 tonight.

We are kind of on the fence regarding the use of the fellowship hall as a cool waiting area between 4:00-5:15. Some clients tell us they really appreciate the space, but many check in then immediately go downstairs or back outside. In spite of the front-loading of arrival times this week, next week we’re going to bring everyone into the downstairs area at 4:00. The fellowship hall will still be open if people want to go there, but we’ll do all check-in and registrations downstairs. That, at least, will eliminate the awkward upstairs-to-downstairs transition at 5:15. After 4.5 years we’re still experimenting!

The chaotic nature of the 5:00-5:30 time period kept me away from the volunteer prayers again tonight. I really miss that – just standing in that circle of great people, asking for God’s help in directing our thoughts and actions – it’s one of my favorite moments of the week.

Thanks for your support, and please pray for all our clients.

Carl

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This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate food:  peanut butter, cereal.

To make monetary or food donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.

This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 25
– # households served: 78
– # individuals served: 254
 – # first-timers:  7

Food Pantry data 2015-07-22

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Volunteer opportunities

(1) Have some time on Wednesday mornings?  We have a small group that weighs and sorts produce, bread and other items coming from Trader Joe’s and HEB, and helps set up for Wednesday nights. Come at 10:00AM to help.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Carl Wilson at: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

To make donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency

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