It was another great day at the Food Pantry as we were able to serve some of God’s most vulnerable children. Our client base continues to grow. Our 12-week rolling average now stands at 73 households per week and we’re trending up. This is what all food pantries, and indeed all food banks around the country are seeing. Our demand is up 20% from a year ago, so we need additional food sources, and of course your support as always. If you know any area farmers (including egg-farmers) ask them if they would be interested in becoming a food source for our pantry, or pass their contact info along to me and I’ll be glad to make the contact.
We had our annual inspection by Capital Area Food Bank last Thursday and everything went well. One item of interest was mentioned. CAFB now requires that flour, grains and pasta be refrigerated to limit insect infestation (You old-timers, like me, may remember weevils in the flour back before zip-bags?). This will be a challenge for many pantries, since pasta and rice is bulky and heavy. Even with our new large refrigerator, we will have difficulty managing an inventory thin enough that we can keep these items refrigerated.
Thanks for your continuing support and please pray for all our clients.
This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food: canned tuna, canned fruit
To make monetary or food donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124, or drop items in the big food pantry box in the hall near the church kitchen.
This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 17
– # households served: 80
– # individuals served: 275
– # first-timers: 5
Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency