Qualifying Frisco ISD students to receive free meals during school closure

Director of Support Services Clarence Williams speaks to the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees about the district's plan to provide lunches and breakfasts for the more than 9,000 students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch beginning March 16. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Director of Support Services Clarence Williams speaks to the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees about the district's plan to provide lunches and breakfasts for the more than 9,000 students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch beginning March 16. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Director of Support Services Clarence Williams speaks to the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees about the district's plan to provide lunches and breakfasts for the more than 9,000 students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch beginning March 16. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco ISD will provide lunches and breakfasts for the more than 9,000 students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch beginning Monday, while a pair of local organizations will be providing evening and weekend meals to those students, according to district staff.

During a special meeting of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees on March 15, Executive Director of Support Services Clarence Williams said district staff have identified six campuses as pickup sites for the daily meal distributions. Williams explained students will be given lunches each day as well as breakfast for the following day when they show up for meals beginning Monday. The campus distribution sites are:

• Hunt Middle School, 4900 Legendary Drive, Frisco;

• Lawler Middle School, 12921 Rolater Road, Frisco;

• Pearson Middle School, 2323 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco;


• Roach Middle School, 12499 Independence Parkway, Frisco;

• Scoggins Middle School, 7070 Stacy Road, McKinney; and

• Trent Middle School, 13131 Coleto Creek Drive, Frisco.

The free meals may be picked up between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. near the flag pole at the front of the campus. Those wishing to take part in the pickup meal program are asked to fill out an online form so district personnel have an idea of how many meals to have available.

“If a child and family shows up and says, ‘We’re hungry and need a meal,’ we’re going to provide it,” Williams said. “I’m thankful to [Superintendent] Dr. [Mike] Waldrip, who has agreed to do that and not be concerned about what’s a reimbursable meal at this point.”

Williams said the local organizations Frisco FastPacs and Lovepacs Frisco are preparing additional packs of food for evenings and weekends for those who have been identified to receive them.

Frisco FastPacs regularly delivers weekend meals to children in need at all FISD campuses. Lovepacs Frisco distributes weekday meals for times when the district is not in session.

Williams said district staff plan to distribute these additional packs to students on March 18.

“They’ll get that pack, which is designed to last for a week,” Williams said. “So that hopefully will meet a very basic [food] need.”

Board Member Debbie Gillespie said Lovepacs Frisco will be providing a “dinner-type meal,” while Frisco FastPacs will continue providing weekend meals.

“You can definitely donate to Frisco FastPacs and Lovepacs because they are usually equipped to do [meals for] over 1,000 [students],” Gillespie said. “We’re not really sure how many students are going to need that [service this week], so they’re going to need a lot of extra support.”

More information on Frisco FastPacs, including how to donate, can be found at www.friscofastpacs.org. Additional information on Lovepacs Frisco, including how to donate, can be found at www.lovepacs.org/frisco.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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