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