The circumstances surrounding the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have led to many changes throughout the Frisco ISD community, including FISD implementing an eLearning system that allows the District to close its buildings to combat the spread of the virus. One thing that remains the same, however, is the need for children to receive healthy meals.
That’s why FISD is providing “to go” school meals each weekday for students. At each of the six pick-up locations throughout the District, students are provided a packaged lunch for that day as well as a breakfast for the following day.
“Frisco ISD has a low percentage of free and reduced students. What the community might not realize is that low percentage equates to over 9,000 students,” said Lisa Jenkins, FISD Director of Child Nutrition. “Not knowing what COVID-19 is going to bring in regard to jobs and daily necessities being available, it’s nice to be able to continue to serve those who may not know where their next meal is coming from. We hope this will bring some comfort in these uncertain times.”
The District began providing the to-go meals on Monday, March 16, the day when FISD students were scheduled to return to classes after spring break. During the spring break, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and the Centers for Disease Control, along with medical professionals and state and federal health officials, began urging communities to take dramatic action to slow the spread of the virus.
Frisco ISD, along with school districts throughout the state and country, have closed school buildings to minimize the risk to their students, staff, families and surrounding communities. FISD has closed in-person schooling through April 3 and is utilizing eLearning instruction.
In the first three days of availability of breakfasts and lunches, FISD handed out nearly 1,400 meals. Janet Minor, cafe supervisor at Lawler Middle School, has been among the people handing the meals to parents driving up to the pick-up locations.
“It’s really been great,” Minor said. “The District motto is to know every student by name and need, and being able to meet that basic need of food is really a blessing.”
The meals are provided free of charge to the FISD students. Families interested in participating in the meal pickup must complete this form so the District can plan the number of lunches.
“It’s so gratifying to know that you’re helping, and the people are so thankful,” Minor said. “A grandmother came through the pickup line and said ‘my granddaughter ate every bite of that food you gave her!’”
The breakfasts and lunches are available weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Hunt Middle School, 4900 Legendary Drive, Frisco, TX 75034
Lawler Middle School, 12921 Rolater Road, Frisco, TX 75035
Pearson Middle School, 2323 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco, TX 75036
Roach Middle School, 12499 Independence Parkway, Frisco, TX 75035
Scoggins Middle School: 7070 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070
Trent Middle School, 13131 Coleto Creek Drive, Frisco, TX 75033
Upon arriving at the campuses, families should stay in the vehicle and display the student name(s) and ID number(s) on a sheet of paper in the front passenger side window to be visible to child nutrition workers. Please stay in car and roll down the window ONLY when meals are ready to remove from tray. Parents may open the trunk for placement of the meals there if they prefer. Children do not need to be present to receive the meals.
At some campuses, the pick-up location will be in front of the school. At others, the location will be closer to the cafeteria so that child nutrition workers have easier access to the kitchen.
The District is working with Frisco Fastpacs, which will be providing weekend meals, and Lovepacs, which also plans to provide meals for families. Members of the Frisco ISD community are encouraged to reach out to these organizations for opportunities to donate and support their efforts.