Youth Food Security Programs

These programs serve food insecure students in the Shippensburg Area School District through two different programs.  The Hound Packs Program runs on the weekends during the school year.  The Summer Lunch Program runs during the summer time.




This program serves food insecure students in the Shippensburg Area School District by providing a backpack of 7 meals over the weekend during the school year. 

If you are interested in signing up for the program, please contact your child's school counselor.


The program, headed by Josh Stromberg, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Sonja Payne, SCRC's Community Health Mobilizer, currently has the capacity to distribute backpacks to 100 students for this school year. If you are interested in volunteering, we need volunteers to organize food drives, pack backpacks, and help transport backpacks to the schools. Community organizations and businesses can also partner with Hound Packs. Please contact to find out how you or your group can get involved.

     This program is funded in part by a grant from Wellspan Health and Partnership from Better Health. It is also funded in part by the Shippensburg University community as the 2018 Homecoming Court selected Hound Packs as their Homecoming Philanthropy. Lastly, we would not be able to do this program without our partnership with the Shippensburg First Church of God.  We store food and pack the bags at the church every week. Also, they coordinate the purchase of food through the Central PA Food Bank and assist with fundraising. We are grateful to all three of these organizations for their financial support of Hound Packs!

     If you would like to donate money to this program to help us cover our costs, please click the "Donate" button below.  It will take you to the SU Foundation Donation page.  In the comment box, please write "Hound Packs Program" to designate the funds to this program.  Thank you!



2020 Summer Lunch Dates:


This program offers free activities, breakfast, and lunch for 7 weeks in the summer since 2012.

WHERE: James Burd Elementary School, 600 Brad St, Shippensburg, PA

WHO: Children who have completed K-11th grade

WHEN: Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. 

Breakfast: 8:30 am

Lunch: 11:30 am 

Fridays are field trips to various places in the greater community. Each summer, a theme is chosen based on a book that will be read throughout the summer. The 2020 book has not yet been chosen. 


There is no pre-registration form. Please fill out a registration form and parent survey to bring with you on the first day your children attends:

After this, the children can show up and have fun! Children can attend as many days they would like throughout the summer!


You can contact the director of the program through the Facebook page.  If you have questions before the program starts, you can contact Laura Masgalas at or Laurie Cella at

Please check our Summer Lunch Program Facebook page for Field Trip & Program updates.

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       We need your help!  Volunteers are always needed to assist with daily activities and field trips, provide snacks, do a special activity with the children or be a guest presenter.  If you are a high school student looking for volunteer hours, we would love to have you volunteer with us! 

        All volunteers over the age of 17 must complete the Child Abuse Clearance Check and Criminal Background Check.  If you are looking to be a volunteer or want more information on the Summer Lunch Program, please contact Laurie Cella at

Help Us Continue to Offer this Program for Free

        We need your help to continue to offer this program in Shippensburg. If you would like to donate money to this program, please click the "Donate" button below.  It will take you to the SU Foundation Donation page.  In the comment box, please write "Summer Lunch Program" to designate the funds to this program.  Thank you!


Office Telephone:

(717) 477-9100


(717) 658-2092

The SCRC is currently located at Katie's Place:

130 S Penn St., Shippensburg, PA 17257

Email is the best way to contact us: