From the Executive Director:
I wanted to thank you for an incredible first quarter in our new building. It is hard to believe we have already been here five months. Things move quickly in the new center, and we are spread out over a bigger space. We continue to reconfigure our space to accommodate the increased needs of our clients. At time, it seems like we do not get as many personal interactions between the different departments and are working in our own little “silos” of isolation. Therefore, we wanted to have a volunteer week with plenty of opportunities for us to interact and reconnect with each other. Patrick and Sondra worked very hard to make sure each day had food, prizes, and a chance to fellowship. Next year, our wonderful volunteer recruitment and retention team will be taking on this project. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or would like to be a part of the planning, please let the volunteer committee know.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to FNC. Without our army of volunteers, we would not exist. TK
Focus on the Pantry
FNC’s sole purpose is to reach out to those in need in South Lake County. One of the vital operations of FNC is the food pantry. What with the enormous outpouring of the Letter Carriers’ food drive—about 25,000 pounds, the Pantry is running full speed.
The pantry volunteers have set standards for dispensing food. The guidelines are as follows: family size of 1 and 2—2 canned bean, 1 green beans, 1 other vegetable1 mac and cheese; 1 canned meat, 1 raisins, 1 juice, 1 soup, 1 or 2 ramen, 1 pancake 2 to 2s, oatmeal, 1 dessert, 1 or 2 pizzas, 1 small chicken, dinner eat from single’s shelf, 2 starches; family of 3, 2 green beans, 2 beans, other vegetable, 1 juice, 2 dried fruit, 2 pancakes/oatmeal, cheese, 1, 1 large mac and cheese, 2 soup 1 peanut butter, 1 canned meat, meatballs with sauce, 1 chicken, 2 starches, 1 dessert. Larger families receive incremental larger commodities. All families receive cranberry juice as well other available items
FNC is now allowing clients to come for food orders twice a month—1st through 15th and 16th through the end of the month, each family receiving food for a three-day period.
From the warehouse:
Good news! Since FNC now makes available fresh produce for clients, we now have a very large cooler. This enables clients to see what is available from which to choose. This new cooler will also help to keep perishables fresh for a longer time.
Volunteer Coordinating Team:
FNC is in the process of updating and verifying volunteers’ information. If you have had any changes in any of your file, please let the Center know. This way, we can keep in touch.
The team will coordinate all feed-back regarding issues for FNC. This will eliminate having to go to Trish every time. If any volunteer has a concern about any issue, feel free to contact any of the team. And if you have any suggestions about how we can improve our services, let the team know.
The team members are as follows: Diane Bursey; Barbara Savasta; Joan Missell; and Maureen Wilson.
Every day should have a good laugh. FROM THE MINDS AND MOUTHS OF CHILREN: Dear God, I went to this wedding, and they kissed right in church. Is that OK? Neil
Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now? Jane
Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable
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