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Sara is just one of the more than 7,500 Frisco ISD students on the free/reduced lunch program during the school year. Last year was the first summer without the presence of Sara’s dad, which left her mom, who was already having a hard time making ends meet, solely responsible for paying all the bills and ensuring they had enough to eat.

As the end of the school year approached, Sara’s mom was overwhelmed with stress until another parent at school told her about Frisco Family Services’ Summer Lunch Program that provides lunches and weekend snacks for children in the community. That summer, Sara attended the Summer Lunch Program where she had a healthy lunch every day and made friends with other children in the program.

“The lunch that the school was providing for Sara was a huge help, but when school got out for the summer, I was still trying to figure out how to provide for my daughter on my own,” said Sara’s mom. “I am just so grateful for the Summer Lunch Program because it not only provided meals for my daughter but also provided me with a sense of hope that things were going to be okay.”