FHS Students Coordinate Project to Address Food Instability

FHS Students Coordinate Project to Address Food Instability

The two students created the project to benefit students in their own school and community. 

According to The Texas Tribune, Just over 17% of residents in Congressional District 19 struggle with food insecurity. While in school, children of these families have access to two hot meals per day through their school cafeterias.

But what happens over the two week stretch during the holiday break?

FHS senior Lauren Shephard and sophomore Kendall Braune didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Before the start of the winter break, the two students reached out to classmates, businesses, and the local community via social media and in-person meetings to request donations of food and hygiene items.

Once all of the items were collected, the FHS counselors identified families who would benefit from the extra food and personal products over the holidays.

“I’ve always thought about what happened to students who rely on the school for most of their meals. The idea of someone feeling hungry on Christmas really broke my heart, so it led to the decision to work with the community on a food collection drive!” said Shephard.

The duo were certainly able to keep families fed over Christmas. Throughout the food drive, the Frenship community donated enough food and hygiene items to provide 26 families with three bags stuffed with goods.

“We’re really thankful for everyone who participated!” said Braune.

“The best part of this whole project was knowing that it was the Frenship community helping Frenship High School families.”