Food Pantry Weekly, 28Oct2015

A Tale of Two Pantries

One    Why can’t these people act like civilized folk.  At this pantry some can’t even speak English and I know they’ve been in this country for years. They push and shove to get to the front of the line. They bicker with each other and tattle to me about how so-and-so cut in front them, and about how that other guy is talking vulgar and being rude. And some are just loud and irritating, and they’re dirty and smell bad. They won’t follow our rules. And there’s that one woman who scoops five times her share into her bag. Some drive nice cars and have their iPhones and they probably go to other food pantries as well ours. The free-loaders! They’re just taking advantage of us.

Two    At this pantry I see people doing everything they can to put food on the table for themselves and their families. I’ve talked to brothers and sisters in crisis. I’ve talked to individuals having the worst day of their life. At this pantry I see those about whom Emma Lazarus wrote when she penned  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”  At this pantry I feel caught up in the crowds pouring across the landscape just to get a glimpse of the One some are now calling the Savior, who speaks words of compassion, who we are told just recently fed thousands. At this pantry I see people like myself, but who had none of the advantages I inherited by virtue of where I was born and my family’s relative affluence; or who had it all, but lost it suddenly.  At this pantry I see Jesus weeping, but at work nonetheless through His people.

Join us. Support us. This ministry faces challenges. Pray for it. And please see our special Volunteer Needed ad below.

Blessings to you all, and please pray for our clients,

Carl

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This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:

— cereal
— soup
— dried or canned beans

Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.)

If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.

This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 21
– # households served: 83
– # individuals served: 289
 – # first-timers:  10

12-week rolling average

Volunteer needed:
Covenant Food Pantry is looking for a committed volunteer to perform one of our most critical tasks:

Pick up food at Capital Area Food Bank and deliver to Covenant.   Requires:

  • Full-size pickup or other large capacity vehicle
  • Ability to lift and transfer 50 lbs

Pick up time is currently 11:00 Tuesdays.
Contact Carl Wilson to discuss:  
512-940-3975  foodpantry@covenantaustin.com

 

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency

 

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