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A Harvest Of Needs For One Food Pantry

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News
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MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas food pantry and ministry that has been around for more than a decade may soon be forced to close.

Harvest International Ministry in Mansfield is trying to find a new home.

Gregory Debrew is the founder and says he has prayed for lots of miracles, but now he says he feels like David, staring Goliath in the face.  “We need a home to do what we do,” Debrew says “I’m praying for a miracle.”

The non profit is facing the loss of its lease in July, and has no money to move to a new building.  “I have poured my life into this,” Debrew says “This is very hard!”

The organization has been helping feed thousands of needy families across North Texas.  Last year their worn out freezers and coolers all failed, nearly shutting the food bank down.

Grace Winston, 72,  from Mansfield has been doing her grocery shopping there for years and now even volunteers.  She turned to the organization on her darkest hour when her husband was seriously ill.  “We had to make a giant decision to buy the expensive medication and not the food,” Winston explains “It was a blessing.”

Debrew says there is no doubt in his mind they need more room.  He thinks at least 10,000 square feet would be a good start.

He says too many people depend on them and right now more than 50 other ministries come to them for food and that’s on top of thousands of other families from across the area.  “A home for the ministry that’s my biggest prayer somewhere we have a home,” says Dewbrew.

The ministry says their landlord has been wonderful even charging rent way under market value for the property.

Debrew understands that the property owners’ business is growing and he needs more space.

If you would like to help the ministry:

Harvest International Ministry
himcenter.org
560 Easy Street, Mansfield, TX  76063
or email Greg: greg@himcenter.org

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