ERPi volunteers assemble 160 power packs for children
On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, which happens to be International Volunteer Day, ERPi employees volunteered their time at the Fairfax office to assemble and pack food for the Power Pack Program (P3) sponsored by Food for Others. Food for Others is Northern Virginia’s primary safety net for food when an emergency strikes, as well as the growing number of working poor who are unable to make ends meet and need to supplement their inadequate food supplies. Food for Others is a non-profit 501(c)(3) food bank and food rescue operation, working to help those in Northern Virginia who are food insecure. Northern Virginia continues to face a poverty rate of 5%. This means, based on US Census figures, that 90,183 persons are living in poverty, 30% of who are children. In FY2014 Food for Others distributed more than 80,000 Power Packs. P3 allows the program to provide elementary school aged students with a pack of food they can bring home and eat over the weekend. Many children in the area have little or close to nothing to eat between their lunch at school on Friday and the breakfast that is served Monday morning. The pack, which contains two items each for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks and two drinks, will help alleviate the child’s hunger and allow them to focus more on their school work.
ERPi volunteers were responsible for assembling and packing over 160 power packs. After assembling the power packs, the team delivered them to the nearby drop off center.
At ERPi, we believe in giving back to the community in which we live and work. From supporting our Veterans to donating our time to incredible causes, the employees of ERPi are committed to making a difference. ERPi is very proud to support the Food for Others Power Pack Program in Northern Virginia.