Did you know on an annual basis, Network currently serves less than one third of the projected “food insecure” population within our service area? Existing barriers to food pantry visits are related to several factors including the stigma of coming to a “food assistance program” and work schedules which do not coincide with Network Pantry hours. To help provide a solution to these barriers, Network has launched a new Mobile Food Pantry partnering with Richardson ISD:
- The Mobile Pantry Program will initially focus on 4 high needs RISD schools (Memorial Park Academy High School, Audelia Creek Elementary School, Liberty Junior High School, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School) providing food on a monthly basis for qualifying students and their families.
- In addition to food distribution, Network will provide access to nutritional information and healthy recipes for all individuals receiving food and will provide information on Network’s other basic needs and stabilization programming for each family.
- The Mobile Food Pantry will allow roughly 210 families (or approximately 600 people) to benefit on a monthly basis from this increased food distribution, resulting in an additional 283,000 pounds of food distributed annually by Network.
How You Can Help!!
1. Donate to help us cover operating costs for the Mobile Food Pantry Program. The cost of operating the new program is over $80,000 per year.
2. Volunteer! Attend our Volunteer Orientation (held every Thursday at 4 pm at Network) to learn how you can become a Mobile Food Pantry volunteer.