Network of Community Ministries asks community for food amid regional shortage

Network of Community Ministries is asking the community for help as an influx of clients and shortage in the supply chain leaves the nonprofit short on food.

“We are having trouble actually purchasing food at this point,” Network CEO Cindy Shafer said. “The North Texas Food Bank is running low on the food that they have, and that is our primary source of food.”

An average of 50 families per day visited Network’s food pantry prior to the coronavirus. Over the past month, that daily number has increased to 100 families, Shafer said.

As a result, the organization is requesting donations of canned vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, cereal, rice and beans.

“We've doubled our regular pantry, and then added to that, we give boxes [of food] to Richardson ISD,” Shafer said.


Most of the organization’s volunteers are older and therefore more susceptible to the virus, said Tina Floyd, Network’s development and marketing director. As a result, Network lost roughly half its volunteers in March, Floyd said.

To help fill the void, members of the National Guard and workers from nonprofit organization Get Shift Done have been volunteering alongside Network staff and members of the community, Shafer said.

“We are just doing what we need to do to meet [the demand],” she said. “Everyone is focused on doing their job, and we've been able to keep up.”

Network is also asking monetary donations, which go towards rental assistance as well as food, Shafer said.

“You have people who unexpectedly lost all income and just haven't seen any cash flow for a month,” Shafer said. “So, any financial help that people could do if you aren't in a bad situation, we're appreciating that too.”

Shafer said Network is thankful for the outpouring of support it has received during the pandemic.

“I just appreciate this community rallying around us so that we can help our neighbors,” she said.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


MOST RECENT

See how COVID-19 impacted Dallas County over the last week. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: New cases in Dallas County decrease week over week

The seven-day average now sits at 202, which is a rate of 7.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to a county news release.

Jim's Pizza is relocating to Eldorado Parkway. (Community Impact staff)
Jim's Pizza relocating in McKinney; Lucy's Lot closes in Grapevine and more top DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Chicken wings.
Korean fried chicken restaurant bb.q Chicken now open in Richardson

Korean fried chicken restaurant bb.q Chicken is now open in Richardson.

The Spicy Fried Chicken Sando is one of several offerings on Fuku's menu. (Courtesy Fuku)
Fried chicken kitchen opens in Plano; The Heritage Table to reopen in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

As the first building for a restaurant on the 2-acre lot nears completion, developers at 820 and 850 S. Sherman St. in Richardson have reevaluated the rest of the property, which prompted these zoning requests, a city memo stated. (Screenshot via city of Richardson)
Sherman property plans for grocer, restaurant in Richardson

Zoning approvals by Richardson City Council have made way for future tenants at a property along Sherman Street and West Spring Valley Road.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quiznos.
Quiznos on Belt Line Road in Richardson shuts doors

A sign in the window thanked customers for their support but confirmed the business was closed.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

The chain has several restaurants in Texas, including two in College Station. (Courtesy I Heart Mac & Cheese)
I Heart Mac & Cheese coming to Highland Village; Gyro Shop opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Storefront.
Crown Jewelry now open in Richardson

The store offers a variety of rings, bracelets, earrings, watches, chains, pendants and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
State, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Hub providers in Dallas, Harris and Travis counties have all announced they will follow the recommendations and pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.