Food Pantry Weekly, 28Sep2016

Greetings Foodies!
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It was a great day at the Food Pantry!
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It was good to be back at the food pantry after a long vacation. I must mention the people who filled in for me these past three weeks: Colleen, Kit, Vickie, Maja and Bob — in addition to what they always do. Thank you so much!  Everything ran smoothly due to your diligence. See…you really don’t need me! The lottery system we’ve been using the last five weeks is running smoothly. The idea was to remove the incentive for clients to come earlier and earlier in the day in order to be one of the first in line. Client feedback has been mostly positive.
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The food pantry “business” is an odd one. After serving 91 households last week, we thought that was probably an outlier; but tonight we had 95!  After averaging in the 80s last Fall, we saw our 12-week rolling average fall into the 70s, then 60s. But numbers have steadily increased the past 6 weeks and we’re back to 80 (see attached chart). I am also grateful to God for continuing to provide wonderful new volunteers. Recently added to our team are Daphne and Shane. Welcome!
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If you have never volunteered here before, come join us on Wednesday at 5:00 to see first hand what it is that keeps our volunteers coming back!  And if you are interested in exploring a leadership position in the Food Pantry, please contact me or Pastor Stella.
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Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.
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Other business:
  • This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:
    • soup
    • cereal
    • canned tuna, chicken or beef
  • We can always use:
    • reusable shopping bags (not paper bags please.)
    • empty egg cartons
  • Financial donations to the food pantry may be made by check or online at covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/
This week’s numbers:

  • # of volunteers: 23
  • # households served: 95
  • # individuals served: 304
  • # first-timers: 13
12-week-rolling-average
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Blessings,
Carl Wilson
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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency
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