The Powerpack Program provides a weekend bag of breakfast items, individual meals and snacks for school age children (K-12) in all of the I.S.D. 12 schools. Each school has their own policy of how the packs are delivered. The concept is the packs should be handed out
confidentially such that the privacy of each student is respected. Additional food or bags are distributed for school holidays. This program runs during the school year from September to end of May.
Powerpacks are created as a supplemental food source for children who may need a little extra help with having enough food available at home on the weekends. Powerpack partners with the Centennial School District, operating out of the Centennial Middle School. Powerpacks are confidentially delivered to participating students each week during the school year. School officials from each of the nine schools notify the Powerpack team each week of how many packs are requested. To enroll, contact your child's school counselor.
NOTE: To direct your GiveMN donation to our Powerpack program, as you get to the GiveMN page, please check the "Add a dedication to your donation" box; in the next displayed screen put "PP" in the Name of addressee and the email "Powerpackdistrict12@gmail.com" in the email (on right side).
How Powerpack started
In Spring 2013 a group of community members, led by Circle Pines resident Jenn Gramse, began meeting to talk about ways to help provide hungry students the nourishment necessary for health, well-being, and school success. With the help of Ron Koon, President of the Centennial Community Food Shelf, Jenn researched local backpack food programs and created the Powerpack Program to provide participating students a bag of non-perishable food items at the end of every week during the school year.
What's in a Pack Examples
2 breakfast items cereal box, nutrigrain bar
2 dinner items single serve meals, tuna, mac
1 fruit item fruit cup, fruit squeezies
4-5 healthy snacks raisins, granola bars, crackers
In the spirit of love, providing nourishment to people
Food Shelf Hours:
Mondays / Thursdays 4 - 6 PM
No appointment necessary
Smaller donations - During
Larger Donations - Please
call for an appointment