Join Us During The Extraordinary Give

Join us during Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving, the Extraordinary Give! On November 18, Power Packs will be at Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with an interactive display, and information on how we empower families by providing healthy weekend meals so that children can come to school well-fed and ready to learn.

Celebrate this special night with us and show support to our local community. Give a little extra to those who need it most. At Power Packs our mission is to provide food, recipes and nutritional information over the weekends to feed food-insecure families throughout Lancaster County. Your donation, large or small, can help us eliminate hunger in Lancaster County:

$25 can help feed a family of six for two weeks.
$50 can educate and feed five families for a weekend.
$100 can provide weekend food to 40 children.

Together, we can take action to fight hunger in our community! To give a donation during The Extraordinary Give, visit us online at extragive.org. Go to PowerPacksProject.org for more information about the Power Packs Project mission.

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Published:November 13, 2016 View Post


5 Facts You Need to Know About Childhood Hunger in Lancaster County

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘childhood hunger’? When most Americans think of childhood hunger, they think of the international food-scarcity crisis. What most Americans do not realize is that hunger is an epidemic happening right here. Even though Lancaster County is known for its lush agriculture and serves as one of the most productive agricultural communities in the nation, food insecurity is a problem here in our own backyard. Do you know the facts about hunger in Lancaster County?

  1. 59,000 people go hungry each year in Lancaster County.
  1. 11% of the Lancaster County population is food insecure.
  1. 18% of the Lancaster County food-insecure population are children under the age of 18.
  1. 7 million meals are missed by food-insecure families in the county due to a lack of resources to food.
  1. It only costs $3 to feed one person, one meal in Lancaster County.

For children, the cost of a missed meal has an effect on not only their health, but their opportunities for education and activity. According to The Center on Hunger and Poverty, hungry children have a hard time learning in school, have short attention spans and, suffer more absence due to illness. The vital role that nutrition plays in the ability of children to learn in school is central to the mission of eliminating childhood hunger.

At the Power Packs Project, we recognize the hunger crisis that is happening here in Lancaster County. We have made it our mission to improve the mental and physical health of the children in the program.  By providing our students parents with nutritious meals over weekends when the school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them, we are working to make sure meals no longer go missed.

The fight to eliminate hunger nationwide, and here in Lancaster County, begins with education and awareness. Get involved with the effort by visiting Power Packs Project online.
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Published:November 1, 2016 View Post


Quick, Fast & Affordable Recipes To Make This Fall

Fall can be the busiest time of the year for some families. With school starting back up, and activities in full swing, it’s hard to make a fast, nutritious, and cost efficient meal for your family. Check out some of our Power Packs Project recipes that you will want to make over and over again this Fall!

Rio Grande Skillet Dinner
Spice up a chilly Fall night with our Rio Grande Skillet Dinner. This all-in-one meal incorporates proteins, carbs and vegetables that will become a staple in your recipe book. The basic and convenient pantry ingredients paired with fresh produce is a low cost, quick and healthy dinner option for any night! Click here for the entire recipe.

Chicken Lasagna
Lasagna is a classic meal that can bring any family together. Our chicken lasagna meal is delicious, easy to make, and only costs $6! This home cooked meal is ready in only thirty minutes and is the perfect option for leftovers to enjoy the next day. Click here for the entire recipe.

Crockpot Pizza
Everyone loves pizza. Enjoy your favorite meal in no time with this easy-to-make crock pot recipe. The crock pot pizza only takes minutes to prepare, then the crockpot does the rest! Add your own toppings and make it fun for the whole family to get involved! Click here for the entire recipe.

Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry With Pasta

All your kids favorites in one meal! Our chicken vegetable stir-fry with pasta recipe incorporates enough vegetables, fiber, and flavor to keep your family full and satisfied any night of the week. The total cost to prepare this meal only adds up to $4.50, making it affordable and fresh! Click here for the entire recipe.

For more low-cost, fresh, and fast recipes, please visit us online at powerpacksproject.org.

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Published:October 26, 2016 View Post


5 Ways YOU Can Get Involved In Fighting Hunger

1. Donate
Every dollar you donate to the Power Packs Project helps provide food and recipes to families with children in need. Whether you’re making a donation of $10 or $2000, there is no amount too large or small—every dollar makes a difference and  is fully tax-deductible.

Don’t forget about Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving, The Extraordinary Give, happening on November 18. The 24-hour marathon of giving will benefit local organizations, including the Power Packs Project. For more information on how to make a donation through The Extraordinary Give, please visit extragive.org.

2. Volunteer
Volunteers have been the backbone of success to the Power Packs Project. There is nothing like delivering a nutritious food package to the family of a child in need of a better learning experience. Your time and effort has such a great impact on our families lives. By volunteering, you will see first-hand how large of an impact the Power Packs Project has on the Lancaster County community.

3. Take The Challenge
The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge encourages an individual to live on a food budget of $4.00 per day and journal their experience. The challenge provides an experience that will help individuals understand the difficulties of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet while living on a SNAP/food stamp budget. We will invite you take the challenge and document it.

4. Become Aware
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. go to bed hungry? Hunger goes unaddressed due to the fact that most people are unaware of the programs suited to assist families and children even exist. Power Packs aims to inform, engage and inspire thoughtful dialog and collaborative change in Lancaster County and beyond. Help us build awareness and promote action through our new campaign, Power Up Kids! Look for our interactive displays around Lancaster, and learn the facts about hunger.

5. Share
There is nothing stronger than the power of voice. Start a conversation and spread the word about hunger. Share and post your experiences helping eliminate hunger in Lancaster County and tag us on social media. Together, we can take action to fight hunger in our community!

Interested in learning more about how to get involved with fighting hunger in our community? Visit us at powerpacksproject.org.

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Published:October 20, 2016 View Post


Get The Facts On Childhood Hunger

When most Americans think of childhood hunger, they think of the international food-scarcity crisis. What most Americans do not realize is that hunger is an epidemic happening right here, nationwide. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under the age of 18, live in households without consistent access to enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. The realities of food insecurity are due to many factors, and the result is 1 in 5 children in the U.S. going to bed hungry every night.

Now, taking an even closer look at hunger, here in Lancaster County alone, 59,000 people go hungry each year.  In our own community, 11% of the population is food insecure, 18% of that population being children under the age of 18. Annually, food insecure families miss 7 million meals due to a lack of resources to food. For children, the cost of a missed meal has an effect on not only their health, but their opportunities for education and activity. According to The Center on Hunger and Poverty, hungry children have a hard time learning in school, have short attention spans and, suffer more absence due to illness. The vital role that nutrition plays in the ability of children to learn in school is central to the mission of eliminating childhood hunger.

At the Power Packs Project, we recognize the hunger crisis that is happening in our own backyard. We have made it our mission to improve the mental and physical health of the children in the program.  By providing our students parents with nutritious meals over weekends when the school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them, we are working to make sure meals no longer go missed.

To provide one meal to one person in a food insecure family in Lancaster County, it only costs $3. Next time you are out to eat, consider what $3 could buy a food insecure-family. The fight to eliminate hunger nationwide, and here in Lancaster County, begins with education and awareness. Get involved with the effort by visiting Power Packs Project online.

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Published:October 16, 2016 View Post


Give Back During The Extraordinary Give

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The Extraordinary Give is back! On November 18, Lancaster County will host its largest day of online giving, The Extraordinary Give. The 24-hour marathon of giving will benefit local organizations, including the Power Packs Project.  The Extraordinary Give is a special day where Lancaster County can show support to our local community and give a little extra to those who need it most.

At Power Packs, our goal is to empower families to provide healthy meals so that children come to school well-fed and ready to learn. In order do so, we provide weekend food, recipes and nutritional information to feed insecure families throughout Lancaster County. Your donation, large or small, can help us eliminate hunger in Lancaster County:
     $25 can help feed a family of six for two weeks.
     $50 can educate and feed five families for a weekend.
     $100 can provide weekend food to 40 children.

Together, we can take action to fight hunger in our community! To give a donation during The Extraordinary Give, please visit us online at extragive.org.

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Published:October 9, 2016 View Post


Join Power Packs Project, October 7th

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Looking to make a difference by helping eliminate hunger in Lancaster County? Join the Power Packs Project, a local nonprofit, at Power Up Kids; An Interactive Event during Lancaster’s First Friday on October 7. At Power Packs we work towards empowering food-insecure families in Lancaster County by providing nutritious recipes, weekend meal packs and education. We are committed to spreading awareness of hunger in Lancaster County. Power Up Kids; An Interactive Event will include information about the Power Packs Project mission, and two interactive activities.

Join us at the Ware Center and the Wells Fargo building in downtown Lancaster on October 7 for our Power Up Kids; An Interactive Event! During the event, participants will build a life-size puzzle of cardboard boxes to reveal a message about hunger in Lancaster County. In an additional activity, participants will sit at a dinner table and be presented with an example of an average meal portion for someone dealing with hunger.

To further heighten awareness of hunger in Lancaster, Power Packs will promote the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge. The Challenge encourages an individual to live on a food budget of $4.00 per day and journal their experience.

“Power Packs has been founded as a community that helps the community. Power Packs sees it as our responsibility to not only support families in need but also to make the public aware of what hunger looks like today,” said Kim McDevitt, Executive Director at the Power Packs Project. “Parents are proud and dignified and doing whatever they can to buy food on whatever little is left over after paying their bills. They want to be able to feed their families a healthy meal. Power Packs makes it possible for them to do that over the weekend and teaches families how to feed their families during the week with easy, low cost nutritious meals. We are excited to call the public to action in a way that educates them first, and then allows them to decide how they will be involved.”

Additional interactive elements of Power Up Kids will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Learn more about the Power Packs Project by visiting powerpacksproject.org.

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Published:September 30, 2016 View Post


What is the Power Up Kids Campaign?

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According to the Center on Hunger and Poverty, “Hungry children have a hard time learning in school, have short attention spans and, suffer more absence due to illness.” Here at the Power Packs Project, we work towards empowering food-insecure families in Lancaster County by providing nutritious recipes, weekend meal packs and education. In order to help provide families with the food and tools necessary to give their children a better learning experience, Power Packs has developed the campaign, Power Up Kids!

Power Up Kids is an interactive campaign that informs, engages and inspires thoughtful dialog and collaborative change in Lancaster County and beyond. Featuring powerful public arts pieces, hands-on displays and thought-provoking installations, the Power Up Kids Campaign works to build awareness and promote action. Our goal is to educate the public on hunger and how they can take action.

Look for Power Up Kids banners hanging from the Bulova building on North Queen Street or stop by one of our pin displays! Get involved by taking the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) challenge to understand the difficulties of maintaining a healthy, well balanced diet while living on a SNAP/food stamp budget.

Join Power Up Kids on Friday, October 7 during Lancaster’s First Friday and experience the first installment of our two hands-on displays! Sit at our interactive Dinner Table Project and see what the average meal for someone dealing with hunger looks like. Or come build a life-size puzzle out of cardboard boxes to reveal a message about hunger in Lancaster.

Together, we can take action to fight hunger in our community! For more information on Power Packs or Power Up Kids, please visit www.powerpacksproject.org.

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Published:September 30, 2016 View Post


ALERT! Power Packs begins new distribution year

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Power Packs’ has set the stage for a brand new year of providing weekend meals and nutrition education to food-insecure families.  Here are the dates of first distribution for Lancaster County school districts:

9/14/2016 – Cocalico
9/29/2016 – Core Program (School District of Lancaster, Manheim Township, Lampeter-Strasburg, Penn Manor, Warwick)
9/29/2016 – Columbia
9/29/2016 – Harding Elementary School (Lebanon School District)
10/6/16 – Donegal 
10/6/16 – Elanco 
10/6/16 – Hempfield 
10/27/16 – Ephrata
To apply for Power Packs and learn whether your family qualifies, please contact the office at the elementary or middle school that your child attends. 
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Published:September 27, 2016 View Post


Power Packs on Good Day PA

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Watch Power Packs Project on the fun and informative monthly Cooking Show with abc27 News Good Day PA. Tune into the next episode to learn the latest in cooking healthy meals for your family on a budget! 

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Published:August 19, 2016 View Post