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Help feed your neighbors! As part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, the Richardson Main and Huffines Park Post Offices are collecting food for Network of Community Ministries through the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 13! Homes and businesses can fill a bag with non-perishable food items and place by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. A limited number of yellow bags will be distributed prior to the date but you can use any bag!

Debbie Cox

For the past 7 months, Network has relied heavily on the Get Shift Done initiative formed in the wake of COVID-19 that connects the affected service industry workforce with local non-profits to serve and provide hunger relief to communities. Each day, we have had an average of 9 workers per shift to help us manage the increased demand on our Food Pantry. 

We have just learned the funding for Get Shift Done is no longer available and on November 15, we will no longer have access to these workers.

Prior to COVID, we were serving about 150 families per week in our Food Pantry. That number has grown to 700 per week.  Without the help of the Get Shift Done workers, we will not be able to continue to maintain this service level unless we can get enough volunteers to fill the gap.

Whether you are working from home, are retired or have a student who needs volunteer hours, we need you! Students 16 and up can sign up to volunteer in our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet.

Safety protocols are in place with temperature checks and mask and glove requirements.  We are also putting limits on the number of volunteers that can be working at once to better manage our work areas.

Please consider signing up for a shift today at

Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.

The need for our Food Pantry is increasing not decreasing and we just can’t continue to meet this demand if we don’t have enough volunteers.

Thank you for your support to help our neighbors.

Debbie Cox
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Join us on Friday, October 2nd for Network's 23rd Annual Golf Outing!
Last year's event raised nearly $30,000 to directly benefit the children, adults, and seniors who look to us for help. We are grateful for your past participation and hope you will join us again this year! 
Network's programs are more important than ever this year as we are continuing to see a new group of clients coming to Network - those who have never had to ask for help before but now find themselves unable to put food on their tables or pay their rent and utilities.
You can help our neighbors in need and register as an individual player or a foursome. We also have sponsorship opportunities available. For information visit
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Debbie Cox at or 972-234-8880 ext 107.
Hope to see you there!
Debbie Cox
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Network of Community Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a service area encompassing the 14 zip codes in Dallas County that make up the Richardson Independent School District (RISD). Founded in 1985,Network is a non-denominational, community-based organization serving nearly 9,000 individuals annually through over 47,000 units of service. Our mission is to care, coach and empower our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. Current programming at Network includes Emergency Services (food, clothing, utilities, rent and income supports), a Medical & Dental voucher program, Senior's Net (supplemental food, handyman service, companion calls, information and referrals), and Stabilization Programs (Pathways case management and stability planning, Job Resource Center, Financial Empowerment Classes).

This Fall, as an extension of our main Food Pantry, Network is launching a new Mobile Food Pantry through a partnership with RISD. 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 information on Network's other basic needs and stabilization programming for each family.

North Texas Giving Day (September 19) is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Added to the effort this year will be a $10,000 challenge grant from a group of generous donors which will come to Network when we hit $45,000 in donations. Help us reach that magic mark so we can make the most of this important day for families in need. You can start scheduling your gift on Sept 9!


Thank you!

Debbie Cox
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Network is the primary beneficiary of the Wildflower! Art Guitar Program and Auction which invites Festival sponsors, local artists, companies, celebrities, and sports figures to create an entry by transforming an acoustic or electric guitar into a creative piece of work, through their own choice of expressive art (paint, tiles, airbrushing, etc.). Guitars are then displayed over the Festival weekend in the Eisemann Center and sold in a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction benefit Network with a portion going to RISD Secondary Art & Education.
Guitars are needed for artists so they can create some amazing Art Guitars for the auction. Guitars can be in any shape or condition.
If you have a guitar you'd like to donate or if you would like information on your company creating your own design to include in the auction, please contact Amy Baker at
Debbie Cox
Everyone needs a Food Pantry Fork-Off! Network of Community Ministries Inaugural Fork-Off event will be a fun-filled evening of tasting, socializing, dancing, judging, and learning culinary tricks of the trade, all to benefit network’s programs for our neighbors in need.
Top chefs from our area will choose food from Network’s own Food Pantry, add their own twist and create a delicious sampling of tasty treats. A live auctioneer will entice guests with a variety of prizes including private dinners and cooking classes with local chefs. And all will learn more about what it really takes to assist 10,000 neighbors a year with life’s basic necessities.
Don't miss out on this exciting event! There are several ways to participate! Just visit