Central PA anti-food insecurity organization Power Packs Project recently announced that its partnership with Lebanon School District has expanded to include all schools in the district.

Power Packs previously served Lebanon families at Harding Elementary, Northwest Elementary, and Southeast Elementary. However, starting this summer it will also serve Henry Houck Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Lebanon Middle School, and Lebanon High School families.

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“Lebanon School District has been pleased to partner with Power Packs to provide nutritious weekend meals and food preparation skills to our students and families at Harding Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Southeast Elementary Schools,” said Lebanon School District Superintendent Dr. Arthur C. Abrom in a press release. “This program has been an enormous benefit to our families.”

Power Packs Project works with partners to provide healthy meals to students on the weekends, when they are not receiving school breakfasts and lunches. Participating families receive a low-cost (under $5) recipe and necessary ingredients, as well as staples like peanut butter or cereal at no cost to them.

According to the program’s website, this approach is designed to “[empower] the participating families to better use their food dollars and assure their children are well-fed and ready to learn at school.”

Power Packs Project serves 11 Lancaster county school districts and five Lebanon County school districts. According to its website, the program serves over 1600 children and their families every week.

“Power Packs is committed to providing nutrition to as many food insecure students as
possible,” said Power Packs executive director Brad Peterson. “This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many families.

“By adding these additional schools in Lebanon School District, Power Packs can assist families in stretching their food dollars, provide much-needed nutrition and eliminate some of the fear and worry about being able to put food on the table for their children.”

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.