Food Pantry Weekly, 28Nov2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

Last week’s numbers:

· # households served: 123
· # individuals served: 408
· # first-timers: 19
· # of volunteers: 36

5,483 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources! 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -John 1:1

You can tell that the Christmas season is upon us with the lateness of this weekly update. With Thanksgiving over, we move into the busiest time of year. Look at the amount of food we received! A lot of that came in the form of a hundred bags from Sprouts filled with various items that people purchased when they shopped. It seems that even in the midst of holiday shopping, many people will take a moment to think about others and their needs.

The pantry itself moved much more smoothly with the small changes that were incorporated. We also had an abundance of volunteers which we utilized to sort through the 100 bags. The chaos we experienced the two weeks prior was nonexistent so we were able to finish up right on schedule. That makes for a better environment for both our clients and our volunteers. Give God the glory!
It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!

Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we need more egg cartons, diapers and baby wipes and MONEY!!

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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