About Cocoa Packs

Our Mission.
Cocoa Packs provides supplemental food & other support to local children in need to enhance their overall wellness.

Our Vision.

A world where all children have what they need to succeed.

The core of Cocoa Packs mission is to ensure that all children are food secure every day of the year. Each of our weekly Packs contain 27-30 items. Each week, a distribution of milk and eggs accompany packs. Cocoa Packs has also partnered with Blessings of Hope to intentionally get more fresh fruits & vegetables in the hands of all children enrolled in Cocoa Packs.

What we’ve realized, however, is that food is not the only barrier for children, it’s just one of them. As Cocoa Packs as grown, the weekly Packs have become the gateway to a number of wraparound services offered to each child enrolled, addressing their overall wellness.

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Cocoa Packs Leadership

Board of Directors

Christine Drexler
President & Founder

Joyce Atkinson
Board Secretary
Accountant
Independent Accounting Services

Mary Dague
Retired Principal
Annville-Cleona School District

Dr Denise Dhawan, MD
Pediatrician
Hershey Pediatric Center

Mike Ferns
Senior Aircraft Captain
The Hershey Company

Joe Portz
Fleet Operations Specialist
Exelon

Anthony Potter
Principal
Offit Kurman

Audrey Wilder
Former Discipleship Consultant/Director of Christian Education & Young People’s Ministry
Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church

Administrative Team

Christine Drexler
Executive Director | Email

Lindsay Drew
Director of Marketing |Email

Dr. Dee Stalnecker, LSW, BCBS
Enrollment Coordinator |Email

Amy Bell
Administrative Support |Email

Finance Committee

Christine Drexler
President & Founder, Cocoa Packs

Dan Angel
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Penn State Health

Jeffrey M. Goyette, Sr.
President, JMG Wealth Management Group, Inc.
Financial Advisor, RJFS

Nicole E. Gramlich
Finance Manager
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Denise Price
Senior Manager SG&A
The Hershey Company

Mark Totaro
Former CEO
Catholic Charities

 

Leading with love and care for the whole child.

In addition to weekly Cocoa Packs, once actively enrolled, your child will be eligible for the wraparound complementary services offered exclusively to our clients.

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Quarterly Events

On a quarterly basis, we provide interactive stations to promote overall wellness, teach skills and engage children in positive ways to learn.

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Advocacy & Love

Helping children wherever they are in life by championing for them in a variety of arenas so they succeed in all areas of life.

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Enhance Overall Learning

Committed to providing educational opportunities for children to experience something new that enhances their overall learning, we offer a learning space which includes a lending library, computers, desks/printers , creative coloring station & homework help.

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Cocoa Packs Clothing Closet 

All children enrolled in the Cocoa Packs program become eligible to access the Cocoa Packs Clothing Closet, which provides clothing to meet the needs of our children and help them succeed.

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Cocoa Packs Presents

Cocoa Packs Presents spreads holiday joy by providing a unique shopping experience for the families of the children we assist. It is made entirely possible by the collective teamwork of our generous community and local businesses.

As nearly 34,000 children returned to public schools in Dauphin County in the Fall of 2021, more than 62% of them were eligible for free or reduced lunch*, which can indicate a child is experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity can be found in the faces of all children, from all backgrounds and walks of life.

*Source: PA Dept of Education National School Lunch Program Reports

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If your child is in need of assistance, please visit our enrollment page to learn how you can enroll them in Cocoa Packs.