Food Pantry Weekly, 24Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 97
· # individuals served: 349
· # first-timers: 18
· # of volunteers: 36 

3220 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources! 

“that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” -Matthew 5:45

Last week I talked about how fortunate we’ve been to avoid precipitation for most Wednesdays. This week we were not so fortunate as a steady light rain continued the entire evening up until we closed, of course! However, it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of either our clients or our volunteers. One client armed with an umbrella as she was heading for her car, pulled me aside and said she had always wanted to do this and promptly started singing the classic, “Singing in the rain”! That brought a smile to my heart.
As you can see by the numbers though, the weather may have lowered them a bit. Although, 18 new clients always scares me but we have to always remember who is ultimately in control and who always provides. God is good, all the time and ………..
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Next week we will be open on Halloween so I’m asking all our volunteers on Wednesday evening to come dressed for the occasion although I’d rather not see any witches or goblins! 
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It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!

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!

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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