Central Texas Food Bank — 3/11

Day 1 of GoWeek with the Food Bank was a success! After meeting at the Quarries early this morning, we headed over to Parker Lane United Methodist Church, where we served at a mobile food pantry.  Basically, CTFB brought in a truck filled with pallets on pallets on pallets of packaged and canned food (chicken, pork chops, spaghetti, tuna, cereal, veggies, fruit, etc.). We pulled everything out, set up tables in the church parking lot, formed a line, and passed out food to everyone that came through after signing in. Oh, and once each family signed in, they got boxes of lightbulbs, too. (Seems a little weird, I know, but who doesn’t love a good lightbulb, am I right?) I was in charge of spaghetti and tuna, giving each person 2 packs of spaghetti noodles and 4 cans of tuna, and depending on the size of the family (some wore a white sticker with a 2 on it, some had a blue sticker with a 3), the amount of food they received could double, or even triple! It wasn’t too long before we ran out of noodles, and I easily went through at least 3 full cases of tuna. Once people went all the way down the line, Cooper, Ingrid and Graham those with heavy loads get their food into their cars. By the end of the day, we had served 78 families, a record for this pantry location, and distributed 7,000 pounds, (yes, 7,000) of food. Needless to say, we didn’t mess around! Before long, the rest of the food that wasn’t passed out was loaded back on to the truck to be stored until it can be distributed later to someone else in need. As our shift ended and the tables were cleaned up, we went on back to the Quarries, where we did a reflection on our work and what it meant to us. Whether it was the satisfaction of getting to come together as a team and do something genuinely nice for a struggling family, then seeing the smiles on their faces, and the little kids saying “thank you”, or the feeling of emptying box after box of food in so little time, I think we all took away something positive from today. That’s the purpose of GoWeek and even serving in general: spreading joy, light, and the love of Jesus through what we do. Jesus came to serve, to help the poor, the hungry, the disadvantaged, to love and give hope to anyone and everyone willing to receive it. God delights in the delight and joy of His creation, and sent Christ so we could all live in perfect joy and freedom. Service is just one way we can show others that joy as well. As we get ready to serve tomorrow and the rest of this week, I would ask that you pray that we would radiate joy and a sense of willingness to serve in any way we can, and in turn open up our hearts and the hearts of those around us to be changed in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. — LoganIMG_0118



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