It was a great day at the Food Pantry! A smaller group last night – just 87 households, but 13 first-timers. I always feel like we’re sitting on this time bomb. If all the households who visited us during the month of July, and none others, were to all come next week, we’d have 187! Yikes! I know God always provides, but that would be interesting to say the least!
Even as we (the whole food rescue community) get better at redirecting good food to those in need, I’ve heard in just the past week about two area food pantries closing their doors. I certainly hope that their fate is not our future, but I can understand the financial challenges these pantries may have faced. Even though much of our food comes to us at little or no direct cost, it does still take money to serve an average of over 90 households per week. Don’t forget about us this Summer!
If you have never volunteered at the food pantry before, come join us at 5:00 on Wednesday to see first hand what keeps our volunteers coming back.
Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.
This week’s numbers:
- # households served: 87
- # individuals served: 244
- # first-timers: 13
- # of volunteers: 29
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 giving is down as is typical during summer months, but our expenses continue as usual. 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 be part of the food pantry but Wednesday nights are not workable for you? There are other opportunities to help:
- Wednesday mornings 10-noon we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce. It’s easy and anyone can contribute.
- Tuesday mornings: 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.
Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency