Network of Community Ministries closes Richardson food pantry to shoppers amid coronavirus concerns

Network has closed its food pantry but will provide clients with prepackaged boxes of food. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Network has closed its food pantry but will provide clients with prepackaged boxes of food. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Network has closed its food pantry but will provide clients with prepackaged boxes of food. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is adjusting its services to prepare for the coronavirus.

Tina Floyd, Network’s development and marketing director, said the organization is taking additional precautions to keep its clients and volunteers safe.

The food pantry has closed; however, Network is providing prepackaged food orders for clients. Network’s clothing closet has also temporarily shuttered. The nonprofit will provide eligible clients with prepacked bags of clothes.

To decrease the number of people in the lobby, clients must make appointments to be seen and can only bring one representative with them.

The following programs and services are canceled until further notice: home food delivery, GED classes, ESL classes, financial coaching, vision clinics, free clothing days, art therapy sessions, job seminars, volunteer orientation and handymen services. The Loads of Love service offered through Seniors' Net has also been suspended. All large volunteer events are canceled for the time being.


Network will continue to monitor news about the coronavirus and will adjust its response as necessary, Floyd said.

“The [worst-case scenario] would be not letting clients into the building at all, but we aren’t there,” she said.

Network of Community Ministries services the 14 ZIP codes encompassed by Richardson ISD, which includes portions of Richardson, Plano, Garland and Dallas.