Power Packs Project will be at the grand opening of MOD Pizza in the Shoppes at Belmont (1581 Fruitville Pike, Suite B-4, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601) on March 2, 2018! Doors open at 12:00 noon! Once again, MOD Pizza has generously offered that 100% of pizza sales all day will be donated to Power Packs Project and our mission! We can’t thank them enough and we hope that you will join us for this delicious and fun day!
As of Thursday, 2/22/2018, Power Packs Project Warehouse Lancaster distributed 303,828 meals this school year. We could never have reached a milestone like this without the strong leadership of the extraordinary Power Packs Distribution team David Northup, and Joyce Leahy Stephens, supported by our hard-working office staff. But none of this would be possible without our faithful warehouse volunteers, and our army of distribution volunteers and partners that make sure the food reaches our schools, our children, and their families each week. We are posting this number to illustrate just how your donations and support are working in the community. It means that we are reaching as many food insecure families as possible with your help, and we are grateful every moment for each one of you!
Power Packs Project is seeking a highly motivated and independent Executive Director to lead the growth of our program in central Pennsylvania and beyond.
See the complete job description HERE and email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com if interested.
Power Packs Project’s longest serving volunteer, Mary Kay Roda, said good-bye last week as she is starting a new chapter in her life and retirement. We can’t thank Mary Kay enough for her long standing dedication to our mission. She has been with us since the start of Power Packs Project and worked with our founder, Joan Snyder Espenshade. We wish her all the best!
Check out our latest newsletter here: December 2017 Newsletter
This Season of Giving held a wonderful surprise for the children and their families of Power Packs Project. Last week, we received a $2,500 EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program) donation from our friends at First Citizens Community Bank! We are so grateful they chose Power Packs for one of their 2017 EITC donations!
One of the challenges we, along with many non-profits, face is how to remain true to our mission while still recognizing that families have additional needs. We are mindful of efficiency and our responsibility to donor dollars but still have a desire to provide more holistically for the families enrolled in our program.
Power Packs continues to grow its services to many families each year by focusing on what we do best, feeding children so they can go to school ready to learn. Rather than creating new programs, which can be costly and often are a duplication of already attainable services, we partner with other non profits to provide information and literature in our packs so that families can become aware of what, in addition to Power Packs, is available to them.
In Lancaster, we are fortunate to be surrounded by many small non profits which provides a unique opportunity for camaraderie. Power Packs Project embraces this fellowship by partnering with other non-profit organizations including, recently, the Lancaster Business Alliance. This past year the Lancaster Business Alliance helped brighten up the days of a deserving Power Packs Families by gifting a full backpack of school supplies to a student who was not eligible for the Representative Sturla’s Annual Back to School Giveaway. Another family was given free passes to Dutch Wonderland in addition to having their car inspected and repaired, a project that would have cost them $400. To a family in need of furniture, the Business Alliance donated a kitchen table, chairs, a queen size bed, and bunk beds for the children.
But it’s not stopping there! During the holiday season, the Business Alliance will be blessing two families with a surprise limousine ride to the National Christmas Museum. While exploring the museum, Santa will deliver gifts for the children to enjoy on the ride home. Next year, there are also plenty of similarly sweet surprises awaiting our Power Packs Families, including Easter baskets for three of them in April!
The Lancaster Business Alliance has demonstrated kindness and whimsy in order to help sweeten the lives of families who are food insecure and for that, we at Power Packs Project are incredibly grateful to have them as partners.