Plano Metro Rotary Club Awards Grant to Minnie’s Food Pantry

Plano Metro Rotary Club members at the February gala // courtesy PMRC
Plano Metro Rotary Club members at the February gala // courtesy PMRC

Plano Metro Rotary Club (PMRC) is a nonprofit organization that exists to bring together businesses and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and advance goodwill and peace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Plano Metro Rotary Club has been doing its part to help the community, and Minnie’s Food Pantry was recently a beneficiary of this work.

Minnie’s Food Pantry provides more than one million meals to more than 60,000 people annually. As one of the largest food pantries in North Texas, its work has increased dramatically during the pandemic. Plano Metro Rotary Club and Rotary District 5810 awarded a $2,500 grant to Minnie’s Food Pantry on April 22 to help in its efforts to feed those in need. On top of this, rotary volunteers have been volunteering time to prepare meals and organized a food drive for the pantry.

Some of the items donated in the food drive for Minnie's Food Pantry // courtesy Plano Metro Rotary Club
Some of the items donated in the food drive for Minnie’s Food Pantry // courtesy Plano Metro Rotary Club

“We are so appreciative of the support. I don’t think it’s any secret how much it’s needed right now. Pre-COVID-19, we were serving about 5,000 people a month. Now, due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on so many people in our communities, we are serving 5,000 people per week,” Zoya Jackson, executive assistance at Minnie’s Food Pantry, shared.

The $2,500 dollars will allow the pantry to purchase 7,500 meals due to special purchasing power the pantry has, and the food drive provided 38 boxes of cereal, 71 packages of pasta, 40 jars of spaghetti sauce, 270 kid-friendly snacks, 45 cans of meat, 87 canned vegetables, 23 jars of jelly and 4 jars of peanut butter.

“Our club is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Minnie’s through this matching grant, to help the people in our community. We are so fortunate to have an organization like Minnie’s here in Plano, especially at times like these,” shared Greg McKinney, club president.

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