Food distribution drive-through seeing weekly increase

Published: May. 30, 2020 at 3:03 PM CDT
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With the recent spike in unemployment, one local ministry is seeing a parallel peak in their weekly food drives.

Just last weekend, close to 900 families were given food for the week and they expect that number to keep growing.

"We had to wait a long time, but it's alright. It's like going to Six Flags or something," said Billy Walker, who was waiting in line.

Cars filled the parking lot of Harvest Time in Church in Sherman Friday morning.

Walker waited for around two hours, but said it's worth it.

"It's great, it's wonderful. There's a lot of places helping out but this is the first time I've been to this and it's nice," Walker said.

He's been homeless for about five years, then the pandemic happened.

"I'm trying to get my stuff back together, but this right here is like legalizing my homelessness," Walker said.

It's stories like Walker's that remind MasterKey Ministries food coordinator Crystal Brooks she's living out her calling.

"I think that God had already placed me here for a time just as this," said Brooks.

Distributing food to those in need is nothing new for them, but since COVID-19, they've turned into a disaster relief distribution site serving anyone in the community.

Thanks to a weekly truckload from the North Texas Food Bank and donations, they're giving each family two boxes of food and a gallon of milk.

"Our numbers have grown tremendously. Every week it has gone up," Brooks said.

She said they've seen many new faces with the increase in unemployment.

Last weekend alone, they served a record 894 families.

But she says the need isn't going away, and expects the number to keep rising until the economy is stable.

"We're glad that we're able to be here and provide. As long as we need to provide, we're going to do that," Brooks said.

Even though Walker says life's been a struggle lately, he's still smiling.

"But hopefully it will get better, got to keep hope alive," Walker said.

MasterKey Ministries holds their food drive every Friday in the parking lot of Harvest Time Church from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their building located at 209 S FM-1417 in Sherman.

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