On Tuesday, October 3rd, Harvest House Ministries will be hosting their second annual fundraiser banquet at MK Brown to raise money for their food bank to provide for local families.
Harvest House is a 501c3 ministry consisting of a board with members from several different churches around town. The primary focus of Harvest House Ministries is to distribute food to needy families. Every Thursday, from 10 to 10:30 am, registered families can go to the ministry to receive a grocery list of available items to choose from for that week. Director Ed Sattesahn with the help of his wife Brenda and their team of volunteers works to fill the orders based on what each family chooses from the list. Each family will leave with at least 22 items consisting of over 20 pounds of food. During the time it takes for the pantry volunteers to fill the orders, the families are invited into the chapel for service by a local pastor or by Ed himself.
Just a year ago Harvest House was assisting between 20 to 25 families regularly. As of right now, their numbers have increased to between 35 and 40 families with an average of 30 families signing up every quarter. Harvest House typically receives a shipment once a week from the food bank out of Amarillo that it uses to supply the families with groceries, but this is where they’ve begun to struggle as of recently. With inflation, there is less available stock from the grocery chains that mainly provided that product to the food banks, which are now being forced to purchase items in bulk at retail. This has caused food banks to burn through their proceeds faster as they are now paying five to six times what they previously paid per pound of food.
The primary purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for the Harvest House food pantry with faith promise sponsorships promising a small amount each month, one-time donations, or by donating items for the silent auction to further help raise funds.
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or making a donation is welcome to contact Ed directly on his cell phone at (806) 664-1119. You can also go by the Harvest House Ministries located at 736 S. Cuyler St. to make a donation, volunteer, or purchase tickets for the banquet. Individual tickets are $10 or you can sponsor a table for up to 8 people at different sponsorship levels. Additionally, if you are in need of food pantry service you may stop by Harvest House to pick up an application.