About one in four clients tonight had not come to us before. The constant influx of first-timers is not good news. It is at least one indication that the ranks of the poor has a continuing influx. I like our response; but I don’t like the ever-growing need – not in my America. Worldwide, hunger has shrunk dramatically over the past few decades. But in the land of the free – in my America – it continues to grow. I pray for those smarter than me to discover how to stem the growth of hunger here in our backyard.
This week’s lectionary readings included Isaiah 6 where, in the prophet’s vision, God asks “Whom shall I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” And the prophet answers, “Here I am. Send me.” This is our response to hunger. We are messengers. We speak through our actions. We do it every week, at the “church at the bottom of the stairs,” we answer God’s call. Here I am. Send me! May God bless all those who serve the poor.
Everyone please look at our new volunteer opportunities below, even if you are currently a food pantry volunteer. And please pray for all our clients and their families.
This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate food: creamy peanut butter, canned tuna, soup.
This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 19
– # households served: 62
– # individuals served: 206
– # first-timers: 16
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(1) Work with an experienced volunteer to pick up food at Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesdays at 11:00AM and take to Food Pantry. Total time from Covenant area will be about 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This job requires the ability to lift up to 30 lbs and load these items into a vehicle, then unload into the Food Pantry.
(2) New! Beginning July 1st, according to USDA and CAFB rules, we will restart our client registration process. Every client, even existing ones, must be reregistered. For several weeks, we’ll need six additional volunteers to sit with clients, ask a few simple questions and fill out a form. Two of the six should be bilingual (English-Spanish). If you can help, even for a week or two, please let me know.
(3) Ready to step your ministry up a notch? Call me. Already a food pantry volunteer? Call me. I have a couple of things I’d love to talk with you about. It will be a no-risk, no-pressure conversation, just something to think about.
To make donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.
Covenant Food Pantry is a
Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency