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Power Pack Program aids children

on February 22, 2014 10:50 AM

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana’s Social Justice Project for Religious Education (RE) students and the congregation at large is aiding the Power Pack Program.

The Power Pack Program is a part of the Indiana County Community Action Program that serves Indiana County.

The Power Pack Program is designed to help meet the needs of children at risk of hunger when food resources aren’t available for them. These times are usually during after-school hours and more seriously on long weekends.

This is a countywide outreach to elementary-age children. The program collects easy-to-manage foods to feed children.

In Indiana County, 500 children are now receiving Power Packs, and it is estimated that more than 400 more are in need.

Along with food and monetary donations, the church members and children will also accept grocery gift cards.

Suggested child-friendly and nonperishable items include: canned pasta, cups/ cans of soup with veggies, individual oatmeal or cereal boxes, light popcorn, shelf-stable milk, canned/cups of fruit, pudding and gelatin cups, 100 percent juice boxes, canned meats/tuna, tuna/chicken meal kits, granola bars, individual boxes of raisins or other dried fruit, macaroni and cheese, toaster pastries, crackers (especially graham or animal), individual bags of nuts or trail mix, and healthy snack foods.

There is no charge to the children’s families or the school district.

The RE students created money collection jars to ask congregation members to give to the program on the first Sunday of February, and they also shared their ideas about why it is so important to support this particular social justice action with the congregation.

For more information on ways to assist, check out or call (724) 349-2776.

[PHOTO: Members of the Religious Education class at First Unitarian Universalist Church held collection jars for ICCAP’s Power Pack Program. In the first row, from left, are Derek and Eva Miller and Hannah Baumer. In the second row are Koan Weinstein, India Krug, Haley Baumer and teacher Jane Potter Baumer. (Submitted photo/First Unitarian Universalist Church)]

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