Spread some joy this holiday season by getting involved at your local food bank. There are several food banks, pantries, and shelters throughout Plano, Texas, that could hugely benefit from your time as a volunteer, or a donation, whatever form that may take. Karen Davison is a Plano native, as well as a chef and culinary blogger. She knows all there is to know about food and often gives back to her community by donating her time and money to a variety of local food banks. She outlines the top four food banks in Plano, Texas.
The North Texas Food Bank, located in Plano, Texas, is one of the best equipped food banks in the area. According to chef Karen Davison, the North Texas Food Bank has a variety of programs, all of which are aimed at helping close the food gap in northern Texas. For example, they have food pantries, where they partner with soup kitchens and shelters to help those in need. They also have a disaster relief fund, senior programs, children’s programs, and even nutritional services, where they focus on the specific nutritional needs of the client. North Texas Food Bank offers a mobile pantry service that operates on a first come first serve basis, and a helpful “find a food pantry” feature on their website, where someone can type in their location and the different food banks or shelters offering food to those in need will appear. Karen Davison is in awe of the work that the North Texas Food Bank does and urges people to get involved or donate if they can.
The Storehouse of Collin County – Seven Loaves Food Pantry is more than just a food bank. Karen Davison of Plano, Texas, says that they offer everything from gently used clothing to hygiene items to those in need. Seasonally, they will give out school supplies or holiday meal boxes. However, they also provide roughly 100,000 pounds of food to over 1,000 families every single month. In order to receive help from Seven Loaves Food Pantry, the main requirement is that the person must be a resident of Plano, Texas. Typically, recipients must also provide proof of residence and ID, but these conditions have been waived due to the difficulties facing so many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional support that the Storehouse of Collin County provides is assistance in helping people access social services available in the county. Although they do not provide shelter or housing of any kind, they do have staff who are knowledgeable about the social services offered in Plano. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Karen Davison says they accept volunteers and donations, both monetary and in the form of non-perishable, unopened food.
God’s Pantry in Plano, Texas, has one mission: to feed the needy. They serve everyone and anyone who could use a helping hand. They believe that providing those in need with food is critical, but so is ensuring they retain their self-esteem, dignity, and confidentiality. God’s Pantry has no waiting period and no elaborate application process, they simply want to help as many people as they can, shares chef Karen Davison. As you may have guessed from the name, they are a faith-based non-profit organization that has been operating in Plano since 1997. Their open-door policy is part of what has allowed them to have such a huge impact in the area. According to their website, their volunteers help distribute tens of thousands of pounds of food each month.
AC Food Pantry, otherwise known as a Christian Food Pantry & Thrift Store, is another Plano, Texas, food bank you should know about. Karen Davison has worked with AC Food Pantry for years. They often partner with the North Texas Food Bank and they also operate using an open-door policy, welcoming anyone in need. They first opened in 2011 and they frequently purchase their food from the North Texas Food Bank. Unlike some other food banks, the AC Food Pantry is not part of a church or any other organization, meaning they rely entirely on monetary donations and revenue from their thrift store to pay rent and be able to purchase food. As little as a $1 donation to the AC Food Pantry can provide up to 16 meals, making it a worthwhile cause for all.