Four years ago in 2013, Frisco mom Marian Schulze decided to fast for Lent. During that journey, she experienced what children who go hungry everyday experience… weakness, lack of focus, anger, hunger pains, and an obsession with food. Resolved to attack the problem one small piece at a time, Marian founded Frisco FastPacs.
Through her meetings with Frisco ISD leaders, she learned about children at risk of going hungry over the weekend in her own community. Then, she and her grassroots team of friends and neighbors, began assembling bags of food in her living room for 36 children at a local elementary school who were on the free/reduced price lunch program.
Starting with 1 school and 32 kids, today the FastPacs program is in 35 Frisco ISD schools and are feeding close to 700 children. With the mission to ensure that no child in Frisco has to endure hunger when school is not in session, Frisco FastPacs supplies their children with a weekend meal bag which has the seven potentially missed meals for the weekend.
We currently have children in need in 43 FISD schools who might otherwise go hungry without the FastPacs assistance. Volunteers assemble the 700 meal packs each week on Monday and Tuesday. The school counselors communicate their needs and on Thursday a crew of 30 volunteer delivery drivers make their rounds to the schools in need… Dropping off the meal bags at the front office. This process is repeated each and EVERY week of the school year.
In February 2017, Frisco FastPacs had a Jersey Night at a Texas Legends home game. The BENSON group sponsored the organization for the evening and the players wore jerseys with both of their logos on them. It was an impactful evening filled with awareness of the life-changing work FastPacs has accomplished over the past four years.
And, other organizations are jumping in to support the cause… The Leadership Frisco Class XX has selected Frisco FastPacs as their project for this year. The “Meals on the Move” project is a fundraising effort to purchase a box truck which will assist with food pick up and delivery, increase staff and volunteer efficiency, and open up our capacity to serve as Frisco continues to grow.
How can Frisco residents get involved?
Everyone can help Frisco FastPacs by attending a “Tails Off the Rails” Crawfish Boil on Saturday, May 6th at 11am in Grace Church. This event is being held to increase awareness for Frisco FastPacs and to raise funds for the truck.
But, anyone can assist FastPacs any time by donating funds, donating food, and/or donating time. From assembling the weekend meal packs at our warehouse, to running a food drive, to delivering the meal packs to schools, the organization has opportunities for everyone!
We look forward to the continued growth and support of this much-deserving non-profit here in Frisco. We look forward to the next chapter and invite you to join them in their journey.