Empowering Families, Feeding Children.

our story

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Power Packs Project recognizes the vital role that nutrition plays childrens’ ability to learn in school. 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.” Power Packs Project does not solve this problem with highly processed, highly sugared, and expensive pre-packaged foods. Instead, each week a recipe for a low-cost meal and the ingredients to make it are provided in addition to staples like peanut butter and cereal. Empowering the participating families to better use their food dollars and assure their children are well-fed and ready to learn at school is the goal of the program.

Power Packs Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that aims to improve the mental and physical health of children by helping their parents provide nutritious meals over weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them.

If you think of the saying “give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime” you will understand the unique aspect of this program. The educational component of Power Packs is vital to the goal of “changed behavior” among the participating families.

We are in 45 schools in 13 school districts and have over 350 volunteers and serve over 1600 families.The many volunteers at the warehouse and distribution points give their time each week to ensure that the participating parents have the groceries and the tools to provide complete meals to their families over the weekends. It’s nothing short of inspirational! And the feedback from families that they are now sitting down to have complete and nutritious meals over the weekends is gratifying to the project volunteers.

We ask you to join us as a volunteer, partner, affiliate or through a generous donation to the Power Packs Project, and help provide families with the food and tools necessary to give their children a better learning experience.

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Our Team


Executive Director: 

Jennifer Thompson
717-283-3131 (cell)
717-517-9220 (office)


Director of Food Sourcing | Warehousing: 

David Northup | Lancaster Region


Lancaster Regional Program Director: 

Gwyn Rowland



Medoza Ameen


Board of Directors

Joan Espenshade (Founder)

Valerie Fellenbaum

Alison Van Harskamp

Marjorie Lamberson

Wendy Nafziger (Secretary)

Andrew Paladino

Susan Peipher

Craig Rodenberger (President)

Karen Shenk (Treasurer)

Mark Tipton