Food Pantry Weekly Update, 30Aug2017

Greetings my fellow foodies!

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“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  Romans 15:7

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I am going to use applicable scripture verses to describe what went on at the Food Pantry on any given night. I picked the one above because it was a difficult night in the sense that one of our clients was being especially exasperating and was creating an unhealthy frustration level in several of the volunteers including myself. I believe that every one of our volunteers is 100% committed to serving and welcoming others for no other reason than the “glory of God” but we were called out for not being that way and I had to step in and defend some our volunteers. Plus, it seemed to be a more chaotic atmosphere than the usual craziness. Having said that, we persevered and finished the work although slightly over time because several clients showed at the last minute.

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I absolutely applaud and support the wonderful work our volunteers do on a weekly basis. Much of the behind the scenes work that goes on before Wednesday night goes unnoticed for the most part even by those of us who are regulars. THANK YOU!!!

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The kitchen was busy serving grilled cheese sandwiches cooked up by Pastor Stella with the help of the outstanding team of her kids, Emory and Wyatt! Wyatt also helped out with the Tuesday pickup from CTFB! Thanks, Wyatt, we love those strong young backs!

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The next few weeks will test us even more as we will be missing four key members: Carl, Maja, Kit and Dan. We will need all hands on deck Wednesday night so in the spirit of the upcoming football season, COME EARLY, STAY LATE!

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New news! We will soon be purchasing a new commercial freezer.

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Thanks again to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients especially the difficult ones.

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This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 102
  • # individuals served: 293
  • # first-timers: 14
  • # of volunteers: 27

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 (nopaper bags please.)
  • Financial giving is down as is typical during summer months, but our expenses continue as usual. Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at 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 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
    • Wednesday morning 10-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!
    • And if you would like to explore leadership positions, please contact Pastor Stella at 512-346-3124.

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Bob Weeks

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email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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