Late last month, delivery trucks with 6,000 bags of chips rolled out of a Frisco ISD parking lot and headed for Frisco Fastpacs and Lovepacs-Frisco, organizations dedicated to feeding hungry children. The chips, previously on the lunch menu for FISD students, were the District’s latest food donation during the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the suspension of in-person classes for the remainder of the school year.
More food donations to District community partners are expected in the coming weeks as items from schools’ concession stands and front offices are cleared out and delivered to the Child Nutrition Warehouse. Those donations will join a growing list of FISD donations since the District switched to eLearning March 16.
The list of donations has included:
5,550 cartons of milk
75 cases of grapefruit
67 cases of oranges
28 cases of apples
25 pounds of tomatoes
8 pounds of onions
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to more families in the Frisco area needing assistance, and that has increased the burden on community food banks. Fortunately, FISD has been able to help.
“We’re in an unprecedented time with students staying home and eLearning taking place,” said Director of Child Nutrition Lisa Jenkins. “I’m happy that our District can feed students in need while also decreasing food loss by donating perishable items to food pantries."
The District’s list of donations also includes lettuce, spinach, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery and cucumbers. Perishable items that had been planned for school lunches were donated in March to Frisco Family Services and Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano.
While donating unused food, FISD also continues to provide meals for students during eLearning. The Child Nutrition Department distributes a week’s worth of meals each Wednesday at locations throughout the District. Those interested should complete the weekly meal request form here.