Nonprofit serving summer meals to Richardson ISD students in need of workers

Be A Champion Inc. is distributing summer meals at eight Richardson ISD campuses each week. (Courtesy Be A Champion Inc.)

Be A Champion Inc. is distributing summer meals at eight Richardson ISD campuses each week. (Courtesy Be A Champion Inc.)

Be A Champion Inc. is seeking workers and volunteers to help distribute meals in Richardson ISD as part of its Summer Food Service Program. While the weekly distributions are underway at eight RISD campuses, Director of Program Partnerships Stephanie Sheppard said the organization would like to have two to three people at each site.

“Per campus, we'd like to have a site coordinator and two program staff [members] depending on the meal volume," Sheppard said. "But if we can get at least two people [for] each campus, that would be great.”

Be A Champion distributes meals each Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at White Rock Elementary, Forest Lane Academy, Richland Elementary, Richardson Heights Elementary, Prestonwood Elementary and Big Springs Elementary, as well as 1-3 p.m. at RISD Academy and Berkner High.

“We serve Saturday and Sunday meals for the district,” Sheppard said. “And it's not just for the district students. If there's other families outside of the district that get information about our program, they can come too, as long as supplies last.”

Sheppard said Be A Champion is an approved food sponsor from the Texas Department of Agriculture, working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She said the organization is the second largest food sponsor in the state, as it served more than 3 million meals last summer.

Be A Champion is also set to continue providing evening meals for RISD students at each of the district’s high schools this fall, according to Sheppard.

“As soon as we finish summer, we roll into our fall programs when school starts,” she said. “We're always looking for new employees and we definitely want to be able to have more staff in the fall program.”

For more information, contact Lequitta Hollier at 281-833-3129 or [email protected]

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include correct distribution locations and times.
By William C. Wadsack

Senior Reporter, Plano/Richardson

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.


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