Welcome to the Power Packs Project!

As we enter a new year, Power Packs Projects challenges you to live for just one day with the reality that many of our families face every day. We ask you to accept The SNAP Challenge! 

SNAP is short for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was formerly known as food stamps.
The SNAP challenge is designed to provide an experience that will help individuals understand the difficulties of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet while living on a SNAP/food stamp budget.

Taking the SNAP Challenge is a snap!

• Spend $4 per person per day on food and beverages. This is average allocation that individuals eligible for SNAP receive.

• Journal to keep track of what you eat and drink.

• Share your journey with others. Post on social media. Use the hashtag #PowerUpSNAP when you do. Share your experiences with us via email at anja@powerpacksproject.org.

• Invite your friends and family to take the challenge. It’s a great group activity for schools, businesses, social or service groups – even neighborhoods.


– Each person should only spend $4.00 per day on food and drink.

All food purchased and eaten in this time must be counted in total spending – this includes dining out.

During this time, do not eat any food purchased prior to the start of the Challenge.

Whenever possible, avoid accepting free food from family, friends and coworkers since these opportunities are not always available to those in need.

Eat as healthy as possible, keeping in mind that this is how many people eat every day, whereas you can make up for lost nutrients next week.


If you take the challenge for an extended period of time, you are encouraged to spend your overall budget in larger allotments – for example $30 per week or $132 per month. Advance planning will help you maintain a much more well-balanced diet in the long term! Check out our Sample Menus for help getting started at: https://goo.gl/HfIiZa

– Get your children involved by sharing with them your reasons for participating, what you are eating during the Challenge and why you have chosen to take part. Please note: it is important that children receive all of the necessary nutrients for growing strong and healthy, so we do not support participation for younger children.

Power Packs Project hopes that you will share this opportunity with your students and staff and their families. Power Packs will be inviting all of Lancaster County to participate in this consciousness raising activity in the coming weeks.

Banners on vacant city building draw attention to child hunger in Lancaster County

They beautify one of the most notoriously lackluster facades in downtown Lancaster. They draw attention to a worthy cause.

And with permission from the city’s Zoning Hearing Board, three large “Power Up Kids” banners will remain on the Bulova Building at 101 N. Queen St. through next spring.

“They’ve been extremely well received,” said Kim McDevitt, executive director of the Power Packs Project.

Moreover, “the city is very supportive of our initiative to bring awareness to hunger in Lancaster County,” she said.

The Power Packs nonprofit provides recipes and ingredients for healthy meals over weekends to low-income families, helping them to keep their children well-fed and ready to learn during the week.

Aided by more than 350 volunteers, it serves more then 1,900 area families, McDevitt said.

The 15-foot by 30-foot banners are part of Power Packs’ “Power Up Kids” publicity campaign, which aims to increase awareness of the issues of hunger and food insecurity.

As part of it, Power Packs will host the SNAP Challenge next month, inviting “key leaders in the community” to buy food based on the small budget provided under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The banners, along with the rest of the Power Up Kids push, are succeeding in increasing both donor support and the number of low-income families participating in Power Packs, McDevitt said.

To read more go to: https://goo.gl/uMtj7T

Long Term Solutions

Power Packs provides weekend food and nutritional information to families who are food insecure when the school's lunch program is not available to them.  Families are taught how to stretch their limited food dollars using the food provided by PPP.   The goal of the program is to empower families to regularly provide healthy meals and that children return to school, well-fed and ready to learn.  Power Packs provides long-term solutions to end childhood hunger.
Watch a short video about our work.