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Neighborhood Expert: Vienna Community Power Pack Event

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or Laura@GuidingYourMove.com.

Around this time of year, I always look for opportunities to give my kids opportunities to give back to our community.

We do Red Bag all year round, but the holidays bring a whole new set of opportunities. Most places require kids be at least 12 years old, so instead of wishing there were more ways to get them involved, I created one.

Food for Others is a local organization that provides food to our neighbors in need. They have a specific program called Power Packs, which provides weekend meal packs for students experiencing food insecurity. The program currently serves 45 schools and roughly 3,594 students each week. Vienna schools included in this program are Fairhill Elementary School, Freedom Hill Elementary School, Louise Archer Elementary School, Shrevewood Elementary School, and Thoreau Middle School. 

What is a power pack?

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 snacks

How can you get involved?

  • Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 11 a.m. at the Vienna Moose Lodge to bring food to donate and/or stay and help pack the bags
  • We can sign off if kids need volunteer hours for middle or high schoolers
  • Could be a great food drive if a team, cub scouts, girl scouts, etc. want to collect food donations
  • There is an Amazon Wish List if you’d like to donate but can’t attend
  • If you’re local and want to donate food, I am also more than happy to come by and pick it up. Please just message me!

What we need:

Breakfast: Oatmeal Packets, Individual Cereal Boxes, Granola Bars (NO PEANUT BUTTER), Nutri Grain Bars
Lunch/Dinner: Chili Cups, Mac and Cheese Cups, Tuna/Chicken Salad Kits, Chef Boyardee Meals
Snacks: Fruit Cups In Juice (No syrup and NO TINFOIL Lids), Cheese & Crackers, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Dried Fruit
Drinks: 100% Fruit Juice, Capri Sun Juice Boxes, Shelf Stable Milk

Note: Do NOT include peanut butter, candy, pop-tarts, Vienna Sausages, glass containers, high sugar items, apple sauce cups with tinfoil lids or bottled water.