July 2017 Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter here: July 2017 Newsletter

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Published:July 6, 2017 View Post


Stay At Home Gala

The 7th Annual Power Packs Project Stay at Home Gala

Don’t miss our 7th Annual Power Packs Project “Stay at Home Gala” on Saturday, May 27th at whatever time you wish! Feeding hungry children will not require a fancy venue, a caterer, centerpieces, or a band. This Gala can be wherever you choose to gather and celebrate your support for ending food insecurity for children and their families in Central PA.

 

This event may not be real but the need is. Cocktails will not be served at 6pm. Dinner will not be served 7pm. There will be no program at 8pm. Gala There will be no dancing until midnight.

You will save the cost of …a new dress or tux rental …a baby sitter …a hairdresser and manicurist …parking fees …raffle tickets and the time to pull it all together

Power Packs Project will save the cost of …the venue …the caterer and food …the centerpieces …the entertainment …the party favors

PJ’s or Lounge wear are appropriate attire, as you stay home enabling the good work of Power Packs to change lives. 

Join us for the “Stay at Home Gala” the May 27th at whatever level you are able knowing that your donations is going towards the Power Packs mission and not another party. Your contribution can help in several ways:

  • Adopt a Family $165 will provide one family with weekend meals for the school year
  • Udderly Awesome $250 will purchase fresh milk for 15 families for the school year
  • Healthy Munch & Crunch $350 will buy fresh produce for 100 families for the school year
  • $ _____________ will purchase lots of food for children and families in need

 

Please make checks payable to “Power Packs Project” or give securely online HERE 

 

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Published:May 30, 2017 View Post


New Positions Available at Power Packs Project!

Power Packs Project has a new position to fill. See the link below

Operations Director

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Published:May 28, 2017 View Post


Welcome our new Lancaster Distribution Coordinator!

Power Packs Project is happy to introduce, Joyce Stephens, our new Distribution Coordinator for the Lancaster Warehouse. Joyce lives in Lititz with her husband and son. She has spent the last 10 years volunteering in schools, for Boy Scouts and as a member of the Junior League of Lancaster, PA, Inc. She has watched the program grow over the last 10 years and is excited to work with Power Packs.We are very excited to have Joyce as a member of our team.

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Published:April 17, 2017 View Post


Founder/Board Member Takes the SNAP Challenge

Power Packs Project board member & founder, Joan Snyder Espenshade, accepted our #SNAPChallenge to live for one week on the same $4 a day for food and beverages that is allocated to individuals that are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps). She documented her experience in journal entries for social media to share with you now to build an understanding of the difficulties of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet while living on a SNAP/food stamp budget.

• I started the SNAP Challenge today, living off the $4/day SNAP recipients receive. When shopping for five days of food, I realized a couple things: It took a lot of time to check prices, rethink my menu when I found a bargain, put food back when I went over budget (and I didn’t have hungry, tired children with me); it was difficult to buy “healthy” and the only fruit I got was $1 of apples; and using the store’s circular was helpful (also time consuming). It’s going to be an interesting week! #PowerUpSNAP

• I bought a 1 lb kielbasa for $3 for the SNAP Challenge and plan on getting 3 meals from it. TonightI am using it to make soup with carrots, potato, onions in chicken broth. Along with a corn muffin (Jiffy mix for .50), that’s dinner tonight. #PoweUpSNAP

• Left-over soup for lunch today. I am doing the SNAP Challenge alone, living off of $20 of groceries for 5 days. I am finding that there is very little variety. I bought 1 lb. kielbasa and will need to use it for 3 meals. Also got a canister of oatmeal for $1.39 and will be eating that for breakfast for a long time. Usually, I would add Raisins and brown sugar but they were certainly not in the budget. #PowerUpSNAP

• Ideally SNAP is used as a supplement to a family’s food budget. But in real life, their limited income must cover many needs (rent, utilities, transportation, childcare, required school uniforms, kid’s clothes and shoes, and grocery store purchases not covered by SNAP like detergents, soap, toilet paper, etc), That doesn’t allow much in the budget for food. Many parents face what I call Sophie’s Choice – do I feed my kids this weekend or make rent on Monday? So the reality is that, for many families, SNAP is how they feed their kids. #PowerUpSNAP

– Joan Snyder Espenshade, founder of Power Packs Project
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Published:February 4, 2017 View Post


Job Openings Available at Power Packs Project

Please click the links below to check out the job openings available at Power Packs Project. 

Lebanon Distribution_Coordinator_Position

Lebanon Program Director

 

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Published:January 5, 2017 View Post


Power Up Kids Banners on City Buildings Draw Attention

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Published:December 31, 2016 View Post


Changing the Face of Hunger

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Published:December 31, 2016 View Post


LNP Editorial on Power Packs Project

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Published:December 31, 2016 View Post


We Challenge YOU to Take the SNAP Challenge

Did you know that more than 59,000 food-insecure people live right here in Lancaster County? Most these families are reliant on SNAP benefits to feed themselves. In 2014, an average 55,548 Lancaster County households received SNAP benefits.

As the largest school pantry program in the country Power Packs makes an impact on our community by providing weekend meals and nutritional information to nearly 1,700 food insecure families each week of the school year. Wondering how you can get involved to help end childhood hunger? Take the SNAP Challenge!

The Power Up Kids SNAP Challenge was developed to educate our community on the struggles that low-income and food-insecure families face each day. The SNAP Challenge provides an unique experience designed to shape individual’s understanding of the difficulties of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet while living on a limited budget.

4 Steps to Take the SNAP Challenge:

  1. Shop your local grocery store. Purchase $4 in food/beverages per person, per day to last the week (for a family of 4).
  2. Journal to keep track of what you eat and drink.
  3. Share on social media using #PowerUpSNAP.
  4. Invite your friends and family to try the SNAP Challenge!

Tag us on social media and share using #PowerUpSNAP. Visit us online for more information on how to get involved!

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Published:November 27, 2016 View Post