On a Friday afternoon, two girls come rushing through the front door of their home. Hallie and Riley plop down on the floor and excitedly pull Power Packs out of their book bags. They sort through the bags of food and instantly pick out cartons of cereal, which they are quick to mention is their favorite.
“They really, really help so much,” says Riley.
“We just love them,” Hallie chimes in with a bright smile.
The girls and their four siblings started receiving Power Packs shortly after their dad died suddenly from a heart attack. Hallie and Riley are the youngest in the family and the most vulnerable to hunger.
Power Packs are bags of nutritional, easy to prepare food that go home with students on Friday afternoon for the weekend. The Freestore Foodbank provides over 4,000 students with Power Packs through 95 participating schools each week. Events like the Rubber Duck Regatta help to fund these efforts.
Hallie and Riley’s mom, Angela, would have never imagined needing help putting food on the table for her children. Prior to her husband passing away, Angela’s family was stable and food secure. Now, the Power Packs provide the extra food to ensure that Hallie and Riley have enough food over the weekend.
“I know my children will have something filling and nutritious on the weekends during the school year.”