October 14th, 2020
Greetings Fellow Foodies!
My apologies, I didn't get an update out last week but here are the October 7th numbers:
· # households served: 171
· # individuals served: 609
· # first-timers: 34
· # of volunteers: 16
Here are this past Wednesday, October 14th numbers:
· # households served: 164
· # individuals served: 547
· # first-timers: 23
· # of volunteers: 34
3718 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources!
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” -Matthew 13:31-32
When I think back 9½ years ago when the expansion of this ministry began, the mustard seed is an apt description. Our first week, we handed out one bag of canned goods. Now we hand out that bag along with a bag of fresh produce, a choice of a frozen meat product, diapers, toiletries and whatever else we may procure each week.
This week we were even able to reopen the Free Store outside in the east parking lot. The Free Store team worked long and hard to make that happen and they still have another full closet to empty and hand out in the future so stay tuned for the next installment of that as this will not be a weekly event anymore.
You may have noticed a big surge in volunteers too. Not only did we have an influx of people helping setup the Free Store, we had 4 Travis County Sheriff's constables there to help traffic flow and just be a big presence! It was a great evening!
Blessings to all our food pantry family, volunteers and clients alike!
• 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:
• Toiletries: toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc
• Laundry items: detergent, dryer sheets
• Diapers, mostly sizes 4, 5 and 6 along with wipes
• Egg cartons, dozen size only
• Reusable plastic shopping bags (no paper bags please).
• Toilet paper
Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency