2013-05-30 / Local & State

FCMC Foundation Donates $2,000 To Nutritionally-Driven Power Pack Program


Susan Cubbage, director of Fulton County Food Basket Inc., receives a check from Mike Straley, executive director of Fulton County Medical Center Foundation. Susan Cubbage, director of Fulton County Food Basket Inc., receives a check from Mike Straley, executive director of Fulton County Medical Center Foundation. When the new school year begins, McConnellsburg Elementary School students will be given the opportunity to taste test nutritionally-filled foods, thanks to the new Power Pack Program.

Fulton County Food Basket Inc. through its Nutritious Awareness Program, in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which matched a $2,000 grant given by Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, will coordinate the program. Children will be given nonperishable and vitamin-fortified foods to take home on weekends and during school vacations. Typically, students fill their backpacks with the goodie packs. Students will also be introduced to healthy alternatives and be able to test taste foods in a weekly nutrition club that will teach the importance of healthy snacks, food safety, portions and physical activity.

“We are excited about this program, one that will address the needs of our children,” said Susan Cubbage, director of Fulton County Food Basket Inc. “We are grateful for the funding from the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation and the matching grant from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Our success will be measured on the increased knowledge and skills to make a better food choice that the students would display through interactive lessons and a decrease in their hunger.”

“We are delighted to assist with this type of community-oriented program,” said Mike Straley, executive director of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation. “Improving the quality of life in our communities is always the shortand long-term goal of the foundation.”

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