Power Packs Project Says Farewell to Long Standing Volunteer!

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! 


Published:January 19, 2018 View Post

December 2017 Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter here: December 2017 Newsletter


Published:January 4, 2018 View Post

Power Packs Receives EITC Donation!

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!


Published:January 4, 2018 View Post

Partnering with the Lancaster Business Alliance

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.  

Published:December 19, 2017 View Post

Good Day PA – December Episode

Have you seen Power Packs Project​ fun and informative monthly Cooking Show with ABC27 News Good Day PA​? Catch the broadcast LIVE the 3rd Monday of each month from 12:30 until 1:30 pm! You can also see them on our YouTube channel at YouTube/Power Packs Project !

This month, Power Packs Executive Director, Kim McDevitt shares instructions on how to cook a turkey, even if there’s no access to an oven as well as tips on what families can do with their leftovers. “We have been told that families may receive a donated turkey, but may not know how to cook it when they arrive home,” says Kim.


Published:December 18, 2017 View Post

Community Conversations About Power Packs

We recently had some wonderful Community Conversations about Fighting Hunger in Lancaster. We spoke with many community leaders and can’t thank them enough for taking the time to talk about Power Packs and our mission.

Here’s our conversation with Lancaster City Mayor-Elect Danene Sorace in which she talks about the importance of Power Packs to our community.

To see all of these important and engaging conversations, click HERE!



Published:December 18, 2017 View Post

Auntie Anne’s CARES Presents Check

We had a visit from the Auntie Anne’s‘s C.A.R.E.S. Committee last week. They stopped by to present Power Packs Project Executive Director, Kim McDevitt with a check for $32,500, the proceeds from their 2017 Charity Golf Tournament. They not only dropped off this generous donation, but stayed for the day to help in the warehouse!


Published:November 1, 2017 View Post

Recipe Contest Winner!

We are proud to announce the #WINNER of the Power Packs Project Recipe Contest is Rachel Bacchi. Her winning recipe is for Vegetarian BBQ!
Vegetarian BBQ:
-2 can Black Beans or Pinto Beans
-1 cup Barbecue Sauce
-1/2 cup chopped Green Pepper
-1/2 cup chopped Onion
Add onion and peppers to skillet with oil. Sauté for 3 minutes until onions are translucent and fragrance is developing. Drain and rinse the cans of beans, add to skillet along with BBQ sauce.
Mix together until thoroughly heated about 10 minutes.
Serve along with rice or on hamburger buns and enjoy!!
This meal costs, on average, only $4.50!

Watch the video below to see Rachel along with Kim McDevitt of Power Packs make the recipe on  Good Day PA!

Recipe Contest Winner: Vegetarian BBQ

Power Packs Project recently held a contest for the best affordable, healthy recipe and Rachel Bacci, the recipe creator, along with Kim McDevitt of Power Packs, were in the Good Day PA kitchen to have a taste!

Posted by Power Packs Project on Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Published:October 22, 2017 View Post

October 2017 Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter here: October 2017 Newsletter !


Published:October 11, 2017 View Post

Our First Distribution Day

It was all hands on deck as Joyce, our Distribution Coordinator, and Dave, our new Operations Director get the warehouse moving, moving for the very first Distribution Day of a brand new school year for Power Packs Project






Published:October 3, 2017 View Post