Power Packs Are Growing

In February of this year, St. Luke and Mt. Pleasant UB Churches teamed up to provide weekend food for 21 needy students at Fayetteville Elementary. These are children who receive free or reduced cost breakfasts and lunches at school, but are considered “food insecure”. This means they may not have adequate food available at home, especially on the weekends when there is no school, or on long school breaks. Power Packs began in the Chambersburg School District about 5 years ago, and the Outreach Team at St. Luke was very glad to serve the school(s) near us. In February, we also reached out to Scotland Elementary and New Guilford Elementary Schools to determine their needs for a Power Packs Program. Just last week, we heard from the guidance counselor at Scotland, where there are now 31 students who qualify for this Program. There are 22 at Fayetteville Elementary. We provided for both schools last week, and we are alternating months with Mt. Pleasant. Our months are December, February, April, and June, as needed. There is a collection box in the back hallway for donated food items. The response from the congregation has been wonderful, and appreciated. Monetary donations can be made as well, by noting Power Packs on the envelope for cash, or on the notation line of a check. It’s not too early to begin filling up the box. For December, the focus is individual cereal boxes, cans of soup, individual small boxes of raisins, and granola bars. The average cost to provide food for the weekend is about $5.00 per child. Thank you for your continued support of local children. Cheryl Vorhauer, Outreach Team