Even as COVID-19 inspired restrictions continue to be lifted in North Texas, Grayson County agencies providing relief for those who face food insecurity continue to see high numbers of people seeking assistance.
Some of those agencies are now asking for help to be able to provide what is needed most.
MasterKey Ministries Executive Director Julie Rickey said they continue to see 800 families or more every Friday and Saturday as they give out disaster relief boxes. Rickey said they are happy to be able to provide the food that local families need to make it through this trying time but it has caused disruption to their normal routines.
"Because we are using our complete building for disaster relief, we are not offering a summer program for children or adult ESL classes this summer but are preparing for the fall when school opens," she said.
The "Getting Ahead" classes the organization offers are being carried out by Zoom.
Rickey said the biggest need they face at the moment is a lack of healthy volunteers to help package and distribute the food boxes.
They need help on Tuesdays at noon fill boxes to distribute on Saturday. Those people would need to arrive for work at the MasterKey facility at 209 S FM 1417, Sherman.
Then on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, they need people to help pick up the food at Old Apple Foods parking lot on Sunset drive and take it back to the MasterKey building on FM 1417. Then on Fridays, they need people who can help place boxes in cars at the distribution site at Harvest Time Assembly of God
There are also non physical work opportunities for the volunteers. Rickey said those who would like to volunteer should call MasterKey at (903) 771-2816 and leave their name, phone number and time of availability.
The Salvation Army of is continuing to operate its food bank at 5700 Texoma Parkway in Sherman on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the shelter is at capacity. Major Tex Ellis Jr. said the main needs they have this point are financial donations, bottle water and cleaning supplies.
At Forrest Avenue Baptist Church, 106 W. Forest Ave. in Sherman, holds a food pantry every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. and this week they reached out to a special group of needy folks. Pastor Brian Taylor said they had received a large supply of baby formula and baby food and they want to make sure it gets to children in need in the area.
The Grand Central Station Dining Car, 110 South Throckmorton in Sherman, feeds the homeless in the area and has a constant and ongoing need for bottled water. Cases of bottled water can be dropped off there between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.