By Maureen McNair
For the ﬁrst time since the food pantry opened, Lead Minister Rev. Kathleen Owens had her Saturday morning schedule freed up enough that she visited a food distribution. Kathleen did more than visit, though, she worked helping unload a delivery of food donated by Starbucks. There is nothing quite like repeatedly carrying 30 pound boxes of food across the parking lot to put into the cars of our pantry guests to drive home how labor intensive and physically exhausting pantry work can be. Kathleen is deﬁnitely up to the task! Rev. Kathleen also got to talk with regular volunteer, retired Rev. Arvid Straube, and some pantry volunteers that she knows because they are congregants. She also got to meet some, not all, of our volunteers from the wider community.
In addition, she got to see how much the pantry has expanded since we opened in a closet nearly a year ago. Right now, with the South Bay campus closed for worship and social gatherings, the food pantry is squatting in the suite of meeting spaces, the worship space, and the social hall. One of these days we the pantry is going to need a dedicated space much larger than our original closet.
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