A surge in demand for Network of Community Ministries’ services prompted the nonprofit to launch a second mobile food pantry Dec. 2.

“We are thrilled to have this incredible mobile food delivery resource, which will allow us to take nutritious meals to more families in need within our large service area,” President and CEO Cindy Shafer said. “We are grateful to the North Texas Food Bank for helping to fund this vehicle, as well as Crystal Charity Ball for funding our planned program expansion, and RISD for partnering with us in mobile food distribution throughout the district.”

NCM served more than 38,000 individuals through its Mobile Food Pantry program in 2020, according to a Nov. 18 news release. The truck visits six locations per week within the nonprofit’s service area of Richardson ISD, according to its website.

The second truck features a walk-on mini grocery store with full-size refrigerators and freezers where clients can select meat, dairy and fresh produce items as well as dry goods, according to NCM. In addition to food, the second truck will also have an Educator’s Pantry Section that will include select items needed for students, per the release.

The second mobile food pantry will allow the program to expand to four additional RISD pre-K centers, per the release. The addition also enables NCM to partner with local day care centers in the future.

For more information on NCM’s Mobile Food Pantry Program, visit this link.