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Students in Richardson intern program collecting healthy food for kids in need

The Richardson mayor’s summer internship program is collecting donations for kid-friendly snacks for the “Healthy Kids Snack Drive” now through Aug. 5.

Healthy snacks items needed for donation include fruit cups, cereal cups, oatmeal cups, apple sauce, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese cups and soup cups.

The snack drive is organized by high school interns in the program and will benefit families in need. The items will be distributed at the Richardson ISD “Backpack Bash” on Aug. 7 at Richardson High School. Any leftover items will be distributed to area children served by the Network of Community Ministries.

Donations may be made in person, or online via the RMSIP Healthy Kids Snack Drive.

In-person donations may be dropped off at Network of Community Ministries, 741 S. Sherman St., Richardson, as follows:

  • July 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • July 22, 10 a.m.-noon
  • July 26, noon-2 p.m.
  • July 28, 2-4 p.m.
  • July 29, noon-2 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Aug. 3, noon-2 p.m.
  • Aug. 5, 2-4 p.m.

“In its fourth year, the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program places high school teens in the professional workplace but the life lessons extend far beyond office walls,” said Richardson mayor Paul Voelker in a prepared statement. “We’re also teaching them about giving back through community service and programs like this food drive. Our interns are learning about the social responsibility that goes along with receiving a paycheck. I am so proud of these go-getters and appreciate their hard work to help our families.”

For more information on requested donation items and drop-off dates, visit rmsip.org.