The financial world can be full of risk, but when a group of young, emerging leaders proposed an idea to transform a high school into a community of giving, one local credit union couldn’t have made a safer bet. 

Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) recently donated $1,500, as well as building supplies, to the students of McKinney North High School to help establish an on-campus food pantry to assist students in need and their families.

“Currently 30 percent of our student body is on free or reduced lunch, with others living in shelters or motels, so there is a need right here on campus,” said McKinney North High School Principal Keir Burke.  

The student leaders got inspiration from a similar out-of-state school food pantry and have been working toward the launch, gathering food and toiletry donations to stock the pantry, since the beginning of the year. Students can talk to a school official to request assistance and take what they need. The pantry is already stocked with more than 1,000 items and ongoing drives are planned throughout the year to collect and maintain the supply.

“Supporting this student-led vision to assist fellow students just makes sense for us,” said RBFCU Assistant Vice President of Business Development Rafael Rodriguez. “Credit unions are about ‘people helping people,’ the same mission behind this food pantry project.”