Two McKinney nonprofits, Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership and Community Lifeline Center, are joining forces to provide food to people affected by the pandemic and current conditions in a new program called Feeding Friends and Families.

The program will provide food to people in McKinney and the surrounding area Sept. 12 and 26 from 9 a.m.-noon. The food will be available for pickup at 300 Throckmorton St., McKinney. Additional distributions are in the works and will be announced after Sept. 26, according to a Community Lifeline Center news release.

“This new partnership between AEYL and CLC allows us to serve the community even more effectively than either organization could do on its own, by creating a new opportunity for large numbers of folks in need to get access to fresh, nutritious food so they can feed their families,” said Derrick Robinson, Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership founder and director, in the news release.

Families throughout North Texas are continuing to be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects their ability to purchase food, per the news release.

“The USDA conservatively estimates that there are more than 100,000 Collin County residents who currently do not have enough to eat, including at least 40,000 Collin County children who go to bed hungry each night,” according to the news release.

In response, food boxes will be distributed on specified Saturdays from the Throckmorton location. Each family will receive two large boxes of food, with one containing perishable produce and dairy products and the other containing shelf-stable items, such as fruits, vegetables and proteins.

Anyone in the vicinity experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19 or other crisis is eligible to receive the food. All that is asked in return is that recipients complete a short survey to help the program identify additional areas of need, according to the news release.

“We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from North Texas Food Bank in Plano, and Services of Hope in Dallas, which are providing the food for this new program,” CLC Executive Director Scott Elliott said in the release.

To learn more about the Feeding Friends and Families program, to volunteer for distribution on Saturdays or to donate financially, visit