Power Packs Project Awarded


Power Packs Project was deeply honored to be named Agency of the Year for Youth Programs by Central Pennsylvania Food Bank last week. Accepting the award on behalf of Power Packs were Program Director, Cathy Hendrixson, Executive Director, Kim McDevitt and Distribution Coordinator, Joyce Stephens.


Published:August 30, 2017 View Post

September Is Protein Food Drive Month

With the new school year beginning in September, Power Packs Project is launching PROTEIN FOOD DRIVE MONTH! We are asking individuals, businesses and organizations to hold a Protein Drive during the month to collect peanut butter, can chicken and tuna for our families. To help you get started download this useful Healthy Food Drive Tookit from Hunger Free Lancaster County to help you, or your organization, or business organize a HEALTHY FOOD DRIVE that will help end hunger in our community! 
Download your “Healthy Food Drive Toolkit” HERE

Published:August 30, 2017 View Post

Volunteers Needed!



Here are the volunteer needs that Power Packs Project currently has (Please share!):

• Distribution Partner  Is your church, business or organization looking for a weekly volunteer community outreach opportunity helping to ensure families have enough food? Become a Power Packs Distribution Partner! A Distribution Partner picks food up from our Lancaster City warehouse, delivers it to a school, packs bags for distribution and helps the school counselor distribute the bags to students and their families.  Approximate time required: 90-120 minutes weekly each Thursday afternoon from 1:30-3:30. The ability to lift 20-30 pounds is needed. A large vehicle (van or SUV) to transport the food is also necessary.  If interested, please contact Cathy Hendrixson, Program Director, at cathy@powerpacksproject.org or 717-615-3784.

• Thursday Warehouse Helpers (3) Power Packs Project is currently looking for volunteers to help with our distribution on Thursday afternoons. We are looking for one volunteer from noon- 2:00 pm and another two volunteers from 1-3 pm. Volunteers will help load skids, move them to the loading dock and help load the distribution into driver’s cars. Volunteers need to be able to lift 30 lbs. If interested, please contact our Distribution Coordinator, Joyce Stephens, at joyce@powerpacksproject.org or 717-615-3793.

• Wednesday Warehouse Helpers (3) We are looking for a volunteer who can help in the Power Packs Project warehouse on Wednesday mornings at 9 am for an hour. Lifting up to 30 lbs. multiple times will be required as will working in the freezers and walk- in refrigerator. If this sounds like a volunteer opportunity for you, please contact our Distribution Coordinator, Joyce Stephens, at joyce@powerpacksproject.org or 717-615-3793.

• Wednesday Drivers (2) Power Packs Project is currently looking for (2) volunteers to deliver food to Penn Manor each Wednesday. These volunteers will load their large SUV or truck with boxes of food around 11am and deliver to the Penn Manor High School. Although volunteers will help with packing and unloading, volunteers need to be able to lift 30 lbs. If interested, please contact our Distribution Coordinator, Joyce Stephens, at joyce@powerpacksproject.org or 717-615-3793.



Published:August 17, 2017 View Post

Power Packs Project​ Back To School Recipes Contest

Power Packs provides a recipe and all the ingredients to make a home cooked meal for our families every week. We are looking to you to help us discover new recipes that:
    • feed a family of 4 or more
    • ingredients $6 or under
    • consists of 4 or less ingredients
    • is easy to make
    • consists of a protein and vegetable
Do you have a family favorite that consists of this criteria?  Or, can you create a recipe with this criteria?
If so, submit the recipe to operations@powerpacksproject.org with Recipe Contest in subject heading for a chance to #WIN a $50 Giant Gift Card and a chance to cook the meal  on Good Day PA​’s Power Pack’s September airing.  Submittal deadline; midnight 9.5.17

Published:August 12, 2017 View Post

July 2017 Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter here: July 2017 Newsletter


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 



Published:May 30, 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.


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

Published:February 4, 2017 View Post

Job Openings Available at Power Packs Project

No job openings at this time. 



Published:January 5, 2017 View Post

Power Up Kids Banners on City Buildings Draw Attention


Published:December 31, 2016 View Post