While MasterKey Ministries Food Bank may be critically low on supplies, North Texas Food Bank said it is not due to NTFB’s involvement in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.
After Hurricane Katrina and Rita and the unpreparedness for the long term needs of communities affected, the North Texas Food Bank put a disaster-related services program in place. The Mass Care Task Force, a partnership between NTFB, Red Cross DFW, the Salvation Army and VolunteerNow has kept NTFB from having to cut services and food delivery for food banks like MasterKey Ministries in Sherman.
“We have already begun distribution to evacuees from areas that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as at the mega shelter in Dallas,” NTFB’s Diana Carranza said. “We are working with the Red Cross to help meet the needs of the other shelters that have evacuees as well. We also have social services representatives on site to provide information about services people can apply for.”
A release on the North Texas Food Bank website dated Aug. 29 said NTFB is continuing to provide resources to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey through its role in thew Mass Care Task Force.
“We are proud to have already provided MREs, snacks, and water and other beverages for more than 5,000 evacuees in local shelters and we are working to provide other assistance wherever we are able,” the statement reads.
Still, MasterKey Ministries which serves 80-100 families weekly is expecting displaced families from Houston to seek assistance at the food bank.
“I have spoken again with our pantry coordinators and with the North Texas Food Bank, and I understand that we may have come to some faulty conclusions about the causes of our current food shortage at the MasterKey Ministries pantry,” MasterKey Ministries board member Virginia Brooks said in an email. “Apparently there was a perfect storm of issues that combined to cause this situation: end of summer is a seasonal low in donations, the North Texas Food Bank’s ordering system was down due to planned maintenance and our local support fell off at the same time.”
She said the role Hurricane Harvey plays is one of exacerbating the critical nature of the shortage being experienced by adding the pressure of increased demand due to the influx of people seeking refuge in Grayson County.
Brooks said the pantry is thankful for the donations of food, funds and time by community members.
“If we can pull together as a community to supplement the valuable support we get from our partners at North Texas Food Bank, we can go a long way towards alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors in Grayson County,” she said.
MasterKey Ministries has three locations in 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 on Fridays. Feed My Sheet operates at First United Methodist Church, 810 N. Denny Street, Howe. It is open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Current MasterKey needs include 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.