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Empowering Families, Feeding Children

Power Packs Project family

A local family benefits from nutritious weekend meals thanks to a grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Nutrition plays a vital role in the ability of children to learn in school.Yet, Power Packs Projects found that over the weekends, when school breakfast and lunch programs were unavailable, local families were falling behind on healthy meals — and their children were falling behind in the classroom.

The organization now provides more than 700 families in Lancaster County with ingredients and recipes for healthy, low-cost meals every weekend. The program teaches parents how to stretch food dollars and promote healthy eating habits. And with a grant from the Community Foundation, Power Packs is expanding to a total of six school districts — including Columbia, Ephrata, and Elanco — where transportation and poor access to fresh foods cause barriers for low-income families. So far, 97% of participants say their children are healthier and 94% of children are performing better at school.

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