Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. go to bed hungry? A local nonprofit, Power Packs Project, is working to eliminate the statistic by providing parents of children in their program with nutritious meals over weekends when the school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable to them.

Each week, families receive a recipe for a low-cost meal and all the ingredients to make it. The Power Packs Project does not solve the problem with highly processed, highly sugared and expensive pre-packaged foods, but instead provides nutritious ingredients and staples like peanut butter and cereal. This Lancaster-based nonprofit works to empower the participating local families to better use their food dollars and assure their children are well-fed and ready to learn at school.

Recently, Power Packs Project announced their Power Up Kids Campaign. Power Up Kids is an interactive campaign that informs, engages and inspires thoughtful dialog and collaborative change in Lancaster County and beyond. It features powerful public arts pieces, hands-on displays and thought-provoking installations that work to build awareness and promote action.

Join Power Up Kids on Friday, October 7 during Lancaster’s First Friday and experience the first installment of their two hands-on displays! Sit at their interactive Dinner Table Project and see what the average meal for someone dealing with hunger looks like. Or come build a life-size puzzle out of cardboard boxes to reveal a message about hunger in Lancaster.

For all the details, visit Power Packs Project online. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.