If you are a student, or parent of a student, who is currently affected by the alternative lunch policy and would like assistance, please click the following link so we can help!

MISSION STATEMENT

Our goal at Pfood Pfairness in Pflugerville Schools is to ensure every student has access to hot, nourishing meals without worrying about debt or embarrassment. No child should ever have to choose between hunger and humiliation.

As a student-founded, student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit fighting food insecurity and inequity in our school district, our goal is to provide families with the necessary funds to reduce the financial burden of the students’ lunch costs, ensuring all students have equal access to equitable meals.






Why Help?

The income guidelines to qualify for free or reduced lunch are set at the federal level, with no consideration for location, i.e., the numbers are the same whether you live in Hollywood, CA or Sweetwater, TX.

To qualify for free lunch, a family of four must make less than $3,250 per month, and that is before taxes! Additionally, these guidelines do not account for family dynamics, which means a single parent of three, with two children in diapers and daycare and one child in school, has the same income threshold as a two-parent household with two teenagers who work. Needless to say, with the rise in cost of living, there is a significant subset of the Pflugerville ISD population that does not qualify for benefits.

If a student has a negative balance, the alternative lunch policy replaces the child’s chosen entrée with a cold cheese sandwich. While this replacement lunch does cost less, the students’ accounts are still charged, and the families accrue more and more debt as the cycle continues.

Pfood Pfairness aims to take a proactive approach. By working directly with affected families or with district and food services staff, we are able to sponsor those children in need of assistance. With the help of our supporters, we fund student lunch accounts directly, giving children access to hot meals, eliminating the embarrassment of having their chosen entrée replaced in front of their peers, and preventing negative balances from accruing.

At the end of every school year, the debt to the food service provider must be paid by PfISD (as required by USDA federal law). If there are negative balances beyond what is anticipated, the district must repay them out of funds originally allocated for student programs and teacher resources meant to enhance educational experiences for all. Helping those families in need by pre-emptively funding student accounts not only ensures children have access to hot meals and averts their potential embarrassment, it also prevents an ever-increasing lunch debt that, first, falls on the district to repay to the food services company and, then, sends families to collections to recoup the funds for the district.

Interview Mashup

KXAN Interview with Blake DeVine

Watch to see what two young men were able to accomplish for the 2023-2024 school year with the community’s support.

They plan to do it all again in the 2024-2025 school year, as well as every year following, for as long as there are children in need.

We want to make a difference, but we need your help!