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As part of the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, the public is invited to donate kid-friendly snacks for the “Healthy Kids Snack Drive” now through July 28. Benefiting families served by the Network of Community Ministries, the snack drive is organized by high school interns participating in the fifth-annual Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Pre-selected items may be purchased online now via the Healthy Kids Snack Drive Amazon Wish List. Donations can also be made in person at the Network of Community Ministries. If dropping off in person, please email Angela Shellene at to coordinate a time. The project sponsor is Santander Consumer USA.

With rising food and gas prices, these donations are more important than ever for families with tight budgets.

Suggested snack items include fruit cups, cereal cups, oatmeal cups, apple sauce, macaroni and cheese cups, soup cups and pasta cups. The items will be distributed at the Richardson ISD “Backpack Bash” on July 30 at Richardson High School and Aug. 6 at Lake Highlands High School. The Network of Community Ministries will donate any leftover items to area families.

The Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S. Sherman St. in Richardson. To sign up or for more information on requested donation items, visit

About the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.
 The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program offers eight-week full- and part-time internships – remote, onsite or a combination of both – paying a minimum of $10 per hour to qualifying high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson. Launched in 2018, the dynamic program immerses rising seniors in professional workplaces where they have expressed interest, exposing them a multitude of career opportunities while providing a direct connection between companies and their future employees. The program, presented by the City of Richardson, Richardson ISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, began June 6 and runs through Aug. 5. For more info, go to

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