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Harvest Ministries to give out food boxes

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In this April photo, Santos Chavez, a volunteer with Harvest Ministries, stands outside the vehicle of someone getting food at the pantry in the 600 block of North Main Street. The pantry will be giving out food boxes this coming week with items for traditional holiday dishes. (Daily Record File Photo)

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A local nonprofit group is set to distribute boxes of food this week to people who need a little extra help ensuring they have a holiday meal.

Mark Green, a pastor and the executive director of Harvest Ministries, said Friday volunteers with his organization will give out food at the organization’s 600 block of North Main Street headquarters either Monday through Thursday or until they run out of items.

Each day they will give out food starting at 9:30 a.m., and ending about noon, or until food runs out, Green said.

The food boxes, he added, will include traditional holiday food staples such as green beans, cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups and some candy, among other things.

“Those kinds of foods you use for a traditional holiday meal,” he said.

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Aside from the boxes, Green said other items will be distributed.

“We will be giving out mostly chickens, briskets and ribs, but we will be giving out a lot of produce, a lot of pastries, and a lot of meat and a lot of dairy,” he said.

Recipients of the food who come in vehicles will be required to stay in them while being assisted by volunteers. Walk-ins will be served at a service window on the side of the building.

Green said in recent weeks there has been an influx of people seeking assistance from Harvest Ministries, as they served 300 people over the course of two days the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Despite the high number of clients though, Green said the food bank has been able to keep their own shelves stocked because of individual donations and food items provided by local businesses.

“We’re just very grateful for our community supplying us with what we need for people who need it,” he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.