Ensuring Children Don’t Go Hungry on Weekends
The Weekend Power Pack program sends backpacks of food, known as Power Packs, home with students on Fridays to meet the nutritional needs of Fauquier County children who have been identified as at risk of hunger on weekends. Each bag contains enough food to feed a family of four for the weekend, providing hunger relief beyond just the individual child. We also ensure that children are sent home with enough food to cover each day missed from school during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring break, and all 3-day weekends. We provide an abundance of Snow Day Kits to our schools. These kits contained food that can be sent home in anticipation of weather related cancellations. During the 2019-2020 school year, Weekend Power Pack sent home 350 power packs per week to 17 of Fauquier County’s 20 public schools and Headstart. We also continued an in-school snack program to respond to the request of classroom teachers to further assist food-insecure students.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, the WPP program partnered with Fauquier County Public Schools to set up distribution sites across the county and extended our distribution of 5 days’ worth of food through the summer. We also used a roster of volunteers to coordinate home deliveries for families that could not access the distribution sites. Furthermore, we partnered with the local COVID testing facility (Piedmont Family Practice) to provide bags of food to families who screened COVID-positive, or at high-risk for contracting the virus, and also identified as food-insecure. Ultimately, the program distributed a total of 5,820 power packs from mid-March to the end of August, for a total of 87,300 meals distributed.
What’s Inside a Power Pack?
Power Packs contain family-sized portions of breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a few snacks. Examples of what you might find in a Power Pack include cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti noodles and sauce, granola bars, two pieces of fresh fruit, and other healthy options. We attempt to vary the foods each week.
You can help children in Fauquier County receive the proper nutrition they need. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a weekly power pack, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can help us by making a donation to the Power Pack program. Each power pack costs approximately $7 to send home on a weekly basis.
Please contact your school’s guidance office for information on how to receive a weekend power pack.
Child Hunger Facts
According to the USDA, 15.9 million children in the US live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Read more from feedingamerica.org & nokidhungry.org