The Community Lifeline Center in McKinney is proud and excited to announce an affiliation with the North Texas Food Bank. This partnership allows CLC to obtain shelf stable food items for a small handling fee. Every dollar can provide three meals to someone experiencing hunger – far more than what a dollar can do at a local market.

CLC’s new initiative, named Lifeline Market, ensures clients a choice of groceries needed to prepare meals that their families would choose. And they may also select cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, or other needed goods.

Many food pantries generously provide items to patrons from a pre-determined list – items like oatmeal, powdered milk, and peanut butter. All clients receive the same assortment of food items and, surely, are thankful for the help. But what if members of that family don’t care for peanut butter, for example; worse yet, what if they’re allergic to it? At the Lifeline Market, clients may select what they choose to serve their families for dinner.

Children who participated in Vacation Bible School at Trinity Presbyterian Church last month were encouraged to bring canned protein items during the week, and the boxes of canned tuna, chicken, salmon, and other meats filled the back of the SUV used to make delivery to the CLC. Currently, Bank United and Spoons restaurant, are conducting food drives to fill the shelves of the Lifeline Market. Additionally, Stonebridge United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church McKinney are leading food collection initiatives.

Individual contributions are welcome, either in the form of shelf items or cash. Cash donations allow CLC more flexibility in procuring products that are lacking in their supplies. In time, CLC hopes that local groceries and other venders will commit to supplying needed goods.

Talk to your family this evening over dinner and decide how you can help to fill the Lifeline Market shelves. Adding items to your grocery basket and letting your children help deliver them to the CLC is a wonderful way to teach your kids compassion and to put that concern into action. A gift of cash will help a local family who is experiencing a crisis of some kind. Checks made payable to CLC with Lifeline Market noted will go a long way in reaching out to others. Online donations can be made through the CLC website.

Thanks for dinner – from your neighbors.

 

About Community Lifeline Center

Community Lifeline Center (CLC) was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged: to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County. For more information, contact Community Lifeline Center, 1601 W. University Dr., Suite B, McKinney 75069. 972-542-0020 or communitylifeline.org.