A church business meeting at which the future of the Harker Heights food pantry was scheduled to be discussed was canceled this week amid rumors that the pantry would be closed.

The pastor of First Baptist Church in Harker Heights, which houses the food pantry, said Tuesday the pantry would continue operating as usual.

Jeff Ball, First Baptist’s pastor, said he wanted to clarify the misinformation.

“We will operate as always at the pantry,” he said.

The cancellation of Wednesday’s business meeting was a result of the church not having an accurate count of its current membership, Ball said.

One of the items on the business meeting’s agenda was the food pantry’s operation at the church.

“We didn’t have membership rolls accurate enough to have a business meeting to decide yes or no for this issue,” Ball said. “We have to clean up our membership rolls first.”

In the future, the food pantry issue may come up again, but it is not an issue now, Ball said.

For the past 17 years, the Harker Heights food pantry has helped people in need in the area.

“About 1,000 people a month receive food from the pantry, and this food center is one of the few that delivers to seniors and home-bound people,” said Elizabeth Berkhoudt, outreach director.

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