Food Pantry Weekly, 31May2017

Greetings Foodies!
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It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  It was almost a normal night – whatever that is! There were no disasters and we served 94 families, which is about our average.
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I suppose I’m used to hearing stories from friends and in the news about people not being able to afford their medications. But last night I had a long conversation with one of our clients about her medical condition and her need for a specific medical device. It’s a thousand dollars and Medicare-Medicaid doesn’t pay for it, and the manufacturer won’t help. For her, a thousand dollars might as well be a million. So she suffers. She’s not bitter or angry, just suffering and severely limited in what she can do in life. The needs of some of our clients are so big. Pray for these neighbors.
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In last week’s Weekly I asked you to help get the word out about the Food Pantry. On Sunday, our video was shown during worship. I got good feedback. Help us build on this. If you haven’t see it, watch and share the video link below. Invite those in your Sunday School class and small groups to come visit us. They don’t have to work, just walk through the pantry downstairs around 5:30 or 6:00 on a Wednesday. I can tell you that everyone who does this is amazed.
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This week’s numbers:

  • # of volunteers: 26
  • # households served: 94
  • # individuals served: 285
  • # first-timers: 12
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What do we need:
  • Would you like to be part of this ministry but Wednesday nights are not workable for you? There are other opportunities to help:
    • Wednesday mornings 10-noon we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce. It’s easy and anyone can contribute.
    • In 2018 we will have a couple of openings for people to pick up food at the Food Bank and bring it back to Covenant. You could do a ride-along with 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 shape.
  • This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate items:
    • empty, clean egg cartons (12s, not 18s please)
    • 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).
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If you are interested in a leadership role in this ministry, please contact Pastor Stella or me to explore opportunities.
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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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Carl Wilson
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twitter: @CovenantFood
Click here to watch our video. It was produced by our friends at the Central Texas Food Bank.
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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency
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