Housing Authority’s Power Pack Program Resumes
Since 2013, the Tioga/Bradford Housing Authority has partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to operate its “Power Pack Backpack” program. The program, which is of no cost to the families, is available to all school-aged children residing within the Housing Authority Family Apartments. Upon enrollment, each child receives a brand new backpack, in addition to a grocery bag of food.
In order to combat transportation issues, the Resident Services Coordinator, along with a program volunteer, deliver the bags of food directly to each tenants’ apartment. “It makes me so happy to help with the program knowing I am doing something good to help others, especially during this increasingly difficult and uncertain time. I enjoy seeing the kids’ smiles as I hand them their bags. I can tell they are excited to see what is in the bag,” says program volunteer, Colleen. Deliveries typically occur twice per month during the school year and weekly throughout the summer. Food bags usually consist of a cereal and lunch item, which can be prepared and shared with the family, as well as healthy snacks and drink options.
Due to precautions resulting from COVID-19, the Power Pack Backpack program was temporarily suspended during the months of April and May. However, with increased safety measures implemented, Power Pack resumed in June. “It makes him so excited and happy to see you come and to get his Power Pack bag,” explains Arika regarding her son, Rylen’s reaction to receiving his bag. The program currently has 94 kids enrolled throughout the Housing Authority’s family sites located in Tioga and Bradford Counties.
Pictured: Rylen excitedly accepting his “Power Pack” from program volunteer, Colleen.