Our "By His Grace" Food Pantry is held every Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to bring your family to join us for our free community breakfast on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and our free community supper every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. where we will also have free bread and pastries available to anyone who would like some. No eligibility conditions required.
Please contact the church office with any questions at 830-947-3333.
FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM INFO & WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT
Our partnership with Daily Bread Ministries (DBM) provides the bulk of our supply of food which supports both our food pantry distribution and our church meals. This partnership is exciting because DBM fully embraces our mutual mission to share the gospel with families in our communities.
§ DBM food supply is donated free to FBCSS, and includes fresh produce, meal items, drinks and snacks and dry goods.
§ DBM food supply is picked up by volunteers (2-person team or a family) once a week in NE San Antonio at 6:30 a.m. on Mondays.
§ Food distribution to pantry visitors is on Mondays weekly, from 5:30-7 p.m.
We welcome our local growers and companies to consider supporting the pantry with food items.
WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT
VOLUNTEER: Since food pantry distribution is held in the evening, members who aren't available during the workday are available to help welcome, serve and minister to pantry visitors; as well as easy, one-hour slots to open the pantry to receive food donation drop-offs. DBM food pickups is best for a 2-person team or a family to volunteer to help once per month or more. We also pickup bread & pastries donated by H-E-B to serve with our church meals and distribute to pantry or meal visitors. We pickup on Mondays & Tuesdays from Floresville & La Vernia H-E-Bs – 6:30 a.m. in Floresville and before 8 a.m. in La Vernia.
HELP WITH FOOD: We ask that members who have the resources and are able to bless the pantry with food donations to consider some harder-to-get dairy and meat items, and as always, canned and dry goods. We will have the pantry open to receive food donations prior to Sunday and Thursday services, either for deliveries or drop off of perishable items. There is a flyer on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall that has some ideas of what food items would be helpful, as well as drop off/delivery info.
If you have any questions about how to help, or you want to volunteer to serve the pantry, please call the office at (830) 947-3333 or fill out the VOLUNTEER form on ChurchConnect.
Food Pantry Stats:
From July 17 to October 10, we have an average of over 80 families visit the pantry each week (avg. 273 people) and have had 150 new families visit the pantry during this time. While the need is great and the number of families God is providing for through our ministry is growing, most importantly, we are sharing God with visiting families, inviting them to join us for fellowship at church meals, prayer services and worship services, and several families have visited our church for the first time because they are being invited to join us. Plus, many have also joined us to volunteer to share in the effort to pick up and unload food or stock shelves.
Families/Total People/Children/Adults/Seniors/New Families served each week:
July 17: 47/176/57/71/46/X
July 24: 65/209/75/85/49/17
July 31: 71/262/105/107/50/14
August 7: 66/207/77/64/66/14
August 14: 55/201/73/77/51/16
August 21: 79/260/92/105/63/10
August 28: 72/248/78/103/67/9
September 4: 44/146/47/57/42/6
September 11: 68/257/99/96/62/15
September 18: 88/274/89/103/82/6
September 25: 64/212/73/73/66/11
October 2: 86/299/98/109/92/22
October 9: 79/248/79/103/66/10