Due to Hurricane Harvey, a local food bank will have less food available for area families. MasterKey Ministries of Sherman has been notified by the North Texas Food Bank that since the Dallas food bank is responding to the needs of the people in the Houston area, it will be giving less food to the Sherman food bank.
MasterKey Ministries serves about 80 to 100 families weekly and is expecting displaced families from Houston to seek assistance at the food bank. MasterKey is asking for food donations to restock its pantry while it is not receiving assistance from North Texas Food Bank.
“We have been working in partnership with North Texas Food Bank for the past three years,” MasterKey Food Pantry Director Crystal Brooks said. “Together, we help Grayson County residents by operating three food pantries during the weekdays and weekend. They are the MasterKey Ministries Food Pantry, MasterKey Ministries Mobile Pantry and Feed My Sheep in Howe.”
NTFB supplies the food MasterKey orders for the pantry, delivers it to Sherman weekly, and MasterKey pays only the cost of getting the food to Grayson County.
MasterKey Food Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 209 S. FM 1417 in Sherman.
MasterKey Ministries Mobile Pantry operates across 1417 from the MasterKey location at Harvest Time Assembly of God Church, 222 S. Heritage Pkwy (FM 1417), in Sherman. It is open from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays.
Feed My Sheet operates at First United Methodist Church, 810 N. Denny Street, Howe. It is open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Between all three of our food pantries we service around 560 families a week,” Brooks said. “With the Houston families taking shelter in Grayson County, we expect to see an increase in the families we serve, but it is hard to predict how many more will need our services. In disasters in the past, we have seen 20 or more families added to our roles, but Hurricane Harvey is an unprecedented storm event, so we have no way of predicting how many will be coming to our area.”
Brooks said that North Texas Food Bank is one of the agencies helping Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the Dallas Convention center, which has opened up to more than 5000 families.
“They are using lots of the provisions they have to help service the shelter in Dallas at the moment, which is depleting the food we are able to order to service our community,” she said.
MasterKey is in need of assorted canned vegetables, especially potatoes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, spinach, greens, carrots, cabbage, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, and assorted canned fruits. MasterKey is also in need of assorted beans, canned chili beans, pork and beans, pinto beans, black eye peas, assorted soups, chili, canned pasta, Ramen noodles, assorted pasta, bag pasta, box dinners, Hamburger Helper, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, assorted box cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, pop tarts, breakfast items, canned meat chicken, tuna, Vienna sausages, and canned assorted meats.
Brooks said MasterKey is in need of donations year round, however, without the assistance from the North Texas Food Bank, MasterKey needs additional assistance.
“Many people are living pay check to pay check and we want to help stretch their finances so they can take their children to the doctor or buy the medicine they need or pay their rent,” she said.
There are two ways people can assist MasterKey’s food bank, Brooks said.
“For the immediate crisis, we need food donations brought to MasterKey Ministries at the address above Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. when we will be there to receive them,” she said. “Also to help get past this shortage, we can use financial donations to MasterKey Ministries either by mailing a check or donating online at our website, http://www.masterkeyministries.org.”