Food Pantry Weekly, 26Sept2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 122
· # individuals served: 384
· # first-timers: 7
· # of volunteers: 30 

Let us not become weary in doing good. -Galatians 6:9

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As you can see, our numbers started creeping back up again from the last few weeks. The scripture verse chosen describes the feeling of such a overwhelming ministry that our food pantry has grown into! Sometimes it feels exhilarating and sometimes it is exhausting. Most of the time, it is both! Despite being frustrated from time to time by some clients, most are so appreciative of the way we treat them, with dignity and many have become friends. We do our best to help our brothers and sisters in need. Jesus calls us to nothing less!
It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!

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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