December 23rd, 2020
Greetings Fellow Foodies!
Here are this past Wednesday, December 23rd numbers:
· # households served: approximately 175
· # of volunteers: 15
Lots of pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. -Matthew 4:23
The dreaded covid disease has now plagued our pantry. I, your author, was blindsided with a positive test from a workplace exposure. My doctor called me at about 7:30pm on Tuesday evening, the 22nd, with the devastating news!! It was decided that all volunteers from the previous week should not return on Wednesday. Produce and other food items had already been delivered earlier that day. The choices were to cancel altogether or recruit temporary replacements.
As always God provided! Emma and her husband, Steve, quickly sprang into action. Steve put out the word at his work about the situation and was able to recruit enough volunteers to come at the last minute and hand out already prepared bags of staples and produce along with meat! Praise God and thank you to those volunteers for stepping up!
As an aside, I would like to thank everyone for your prayers. My symptoms were really quite mild in comparison and as I write this, I feel as though I am almost completely recovered. It's been 14 days since my first recollected issues. As insidious as the disease is, it still has a very high recovery rate. Also, we think that all the protocols that were in place, have kept anyone else from getting it so far!
Please keep this ministry in your prayers as we transition to another area of the church because the preschool is supposed to reopen in January. Logistics are almost complete and we will be closed next week on December 30th. When we return, it will have been 21 days since exposure.
We need more of the heavy duty HEB bags as each family receives 2 bags each week so we are running through 300 a week!
Drop offs will no longer be allowed under the portico.
• Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at https://www.covenantaustin.org/donate
Go to the bottom of this page and look for the Designated Fund in the drop down menu and then go to the second sub fund button and look for Food Pantry.
Or mail a check to the following and put Food Pantry in the memo line:
Covenant United Methodist Church
4410 Duval Rd.
Austin, TX 78727
Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bob Weeks or reply to this email. We will be limiting the number of volunteers during this current period due to exposure.
What do we need:
• Diapers, mostly sizes 4, 5 and 6 along with wipes
• Canned goods
• Toilet paper
Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency