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Action Food Pantry Raises Scholarship Funds with “Beers and Brats” Octoberfest

Clockwise from the top: scholarship recipients and their sponsors; enjoying brats and beer; Bill Cortus with Thrivent Financial; Steven De Muth (Holy Trinity Episcopal, Covina), Robert Hamel (Christ, West Covina), Mark Marius (St. Mark’s, Hacienda Heights), Jim Brooking (United Methodist, West Covina), Thom Johnson (Prince of Peace, Covina), and Bill Cortus (Thrivent); students with their certificates.

A generous crowd gathered at Prince of Peace, Covina on Sunday, October 3 for the Action Food Pantry’s annual Octoberfest “Beer and Brats” Scholarship Fundraiser. “Action” stands for “Action Together In One Name,” which reflects the interdenominational nature of this ministry. Supporting congregations include local Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist churches, as well as a synagogue and a mosque.

The pantry serves an average of 100 families a week, including single parents, the working poor, senior citizens, disabled, unemployed persons and the homeless. Supporting congregations also organize an annual food drive to put together complete Thanksgiving baskets for their clients.

For the past ten years, the ACTION team has also held the “Beer and Brats” fundraiser for the benefit of nominated students within their congregations. The event is sponsored by the local Thrivent Action Team, which provides the brats and beer as well as contributing scholarship money. The remaining funds are donated by those attending. This year, over $3000 was raised to assist scholarship recipients!

You can find information about how to donate to the Action Food Pantry, along with their current needs, here.