Richardson-based nonprofit launches mobile food pantry program


Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is delivering food to low-income students in Richardson ISD.

A refrigerated box truck was unveiled in mid-August, according to a press release. The Mobile Food Pantry Program is funded by donations from The Catholic Foundation, Richardson Rotary Club and 100 Women of Richardson.

“Without the tremendous support we received for this project, our new mobile pantry program would not be possible,” said Cindy Shafer, president and CEO of Network of Community Ministries. “We are looking forward to growing our partnership with RISD schools to benefit student families in need and also to expanding community support for this very worthwhile endeavor.”

Food will be delivered monthly to students and families enrolled at Memorial Park Academy High School, Audelia Creek Elementary School, Liberty Junior High School, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. Nutritional information and healthy recipes will also be distributed, the press release stated.

The truck will also be used to transport food donations from selected retail partners, according to the release.

Network of Community Ministries is a non-denominational, community-based nonprofit that provides food, clothing, utilities, rent and income support to nearly 9,000 individuals each year. It is headquartered in Richardson at 741 S. Sherman St.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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