ENERGY PACK PROGRAM
The Energy Pack Program of the Harrisburg City School District
Feeding approximately 500 students and their families, many of whom are displaced or homeless, every weekend during the academic year!
This program is a collaborative effort among the District, our Special Needs students from one of our public schools, Pinnacle Health System, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, with a little help from Grace UMC.
We celebrate our partnership!
So that we can continue it through this summer.
We are in need of volunteers for packing and distribution, and a driver with a vehicle.
The District provides meals for our students Monday through Friday, which is, of course, wonderful! Many of the children and youth who receive meals during the week, however, do not have access to food on days when school is not in session. The Energy Pack program provides weekend food for students in need. As the school year comes to an end, we would also like to provide food during the summer months. Because the District is not fully staffed, we will need additional volunteers to pack, deliver to pick-up points, and distribute the Energy Packs to families at the pick-up points. When the school year begins in August, the District will be fully staffed again and our students will return to their "duties".
A summary of how the The Energy Packs are prepared and distributed is as follows:
The District connects with the families in need of food; Pinnacle Health provides the funding to purchase low cost food from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank ordered by the District;
The food is delivered to Grace UMC and packed into shopping bags every Tuesday morning by our Special Needs children from a school in the District and other volunteers;
The Energy Packs are stored at Grace UMC until they are picked up by the District for distribution at the 10 Harrisburg Public Schools.