Food Pantry Weekly, 25Apr2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

  •  # households served: 94
  •  # individuals served: 288
  •  # first-timers: 5
  •  # of volunteers: 31

It was another good night at the Food Pantry although it was one of only a handful of Wednesdays where we encountered some rainy weather. Do you realize that this coming Wednesday, May 2nd, the Food Pantry will be celebrating its 7th anniversary! Time flies when you are having a good time. Last year we celebrated by having a food truck from Barilla come and cook us all a pasta dinner! So many memories over the past 7 years! In it all, God has truly blessed this ministry.

 

I counted the number of names to whom this weekly update goes out. It’s 98! I know many on the list have either requested to be kept abreast of the ministry operations or you may have volunteered over the course of its seven year run and either moved away or are no longer able to help. I know many on this list give monetary donations which is just as important but here’s the deal, we have many volunteer needs other than just Wednesday nights although we desperately need a registration coordinator. We also need help picking up food as we are looking into two more food sources, Sprouts and El Milagro. Would you either please consider giving a couple of hours a week to help or maybe this little network could expand to others who are looking for a way to serve. We do a wonderful service for our community but I personally would not like to start hearing the term – burned out!

Please prayerfully consider stepping up!

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 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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