Frisco Family Services is on a mission to Feed Frisco
Posted on 07/16/2014
Frisco Family Services is on a mission to keep Frisco residents fed this summer. Last October, because of low donations during the summer and a 20% increase in food needed, the FFS Food Pantry shelves were empty causing an urgent plea out to the community to fill the shelves. To prevent this from happening again, FFS needs to collect 60,000 pounds of food from July-September. They are calling on individuals, families, neighbors, companies, churches and other groups to donate non-perishable food and other household staples to help feed their neighbors in need.
Through the Feed Frisco awareness campaign, Frisco Family Services hopes to keep the only food pantry in Frisco stocked during the critical summer months, which sees fewer donations as the FFS Food Pantry relies heavily on the generosity of Frisco ISD for food drives during the school year. The lack of food drives, combined with children who normally receive free and reduced meals at school eating more meals at home, means that more than ever before, families are relying on FFS to help keep food on their table.
Hunger in Frisco? Hunger and food insecurity are realities for many in Frisco and Frisco ISD, which serves Frisco and parts of Little Elm, McKinney and Plano. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, more than 572,000 pounds of food equaling more than 446,000 meals was distributed at no cost to neighbors in need. This is a 23.5% increase from the previous year. As the Frisco community grows, so does the need for the FFS Food Pantry. FFS is seeing more and more neighbors who, because of a crisis in their household (like job loss, illness or divorce), need help putting food on their table.
Feed Frisco is an opportunity for groups, families, organizations and companies to make a difference in their community by collecting food, household items and hygiene supplies and raising the funds necessary to keep the only food pantry in Frisco stocked. Every food donation helps in the fight against hunger.
How to Help:
• Take the list of needed items to the grocery store to help in choosing foods and items to donate to the food pantry.
• If you are interested in hosting a food drive, please contact Don Kirkwood, Food Pantry Manager, at 972-335-9495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Visit www.friscofamilyservices.org for more information and to download tools and resources for your food drive.
• Food and monetary donations may be dropped off at the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry located at 9085 Dogwood Street, Frisco, TX 75033 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
• The Food Pantry will be open for two special Saturday donations on Aug. 16 and Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Frisco Family Services cannot accept bulk, expired or open items.
Frisco Family Services Food Pantry Needed Items:
• Peanut Butter
• Sandwich Sliced White/Wheat Bread
• Canned Pasta Meals (ravioli, Spaghetti O's, etc.)
• Boxed Meal Helpers (Hamburger Helper, etc.)
• Boxed Mac and Cheese
• Children’s cereals
• Fruit cups
• Fruit Juices (small boxes or pouches)
• Ramen Noodles
• Bagged Beans
• Flour (5 lb. size or smaller)
• Cooking Oils (48 oz size or smaller)
• Snack Items (popcorn, granola bars, etc.)
• Saltine Crackers
• Baking mixes
• Size 4 and Size 5 Diapers
• Baby Formula
• Boxed Baby Cereal
Personal Care Items
• Bar Soap
• Body Wash
Other Most Needed Items
• Laundry detergent (approx. 40 load size or smaller)
• Household cleaners
• Dishwashing liquids (smaller containers)