Free food boxes and donation drives this week in Plano

Minnie's Food Pantry and the Islamic Association of Collin County have organized food giveaway events in Plano this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Minnie's Food Pantry and the Islamic Association of Collin County have organized food giveaway events in Plano this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Minnie's Food Pantry and the Islamic Association of Collin County have organized food giveaway events in Plano this week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A number of organizations have created more frequent events to give away food to those in need during the new coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, some organizations are hosting events to collect food donations.

Here are three food giveaway events and two donation drives happening in and around Plano from May 14-17.


Food giveaways:

  • Minnie's Food Pantry will distribute family meal boxes from 1-3 p.m. while supplies last at Bowman Middle School, 2501 Jupiter Road, Plano. Any family in need is welcome to come. Distributions will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building, according to Plano ISD.

  • The Islamic Association of Collin County will give out food boxes during two events in Plano at 6401 Independence Parkway. The first will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 16, and the second will be from noon-2 p.m. May 17. Each food box is filled with roughly 50 pounds of essential food, according to a release in early May. The event is open for all, the release said.


Donation opportunities:


  • RED—Renew Energize, Donate—Day will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 14 at 18383 Preston Road, Dallas, just south of the President George Bush Turnpike. This event will benefit Minnie's Food Pantry, LovePacs and Carter BloodCare. Current donations needed for Minnie's and LovePacs include canned goods, mac & cheese, toiletries and pasta sauce, among other items. Those who are interested in giving blood can call 972-897-0924 to schedule their donation. There will also be prizes and drawings at the event.

  • Coolgreens is offering a matching donation promotion to deliver meals to doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott & White in Plano. Every item purchased May 14 through carryout, online, delivery or in-store will go toward a meal. Coolgreens is located at 1251 State St., Ste. 850, Richardson.




By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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