Pre-Camp Email #14 — Sugar, Junk Food and Care Packages

Date published: May 25th, 2017 | By Matthew


Hello 2017 Parents!

You love sending care packages. We get it. It makes sense.

But we have to tighten our policy on sugar and junk food.

Two summers ago, we reached a tipping point. The amount of sugar and junk food received that year was excessive, and it negatively affected our farmers’ moods and energy levels.

Last summer, we said “just healthy food” but that was a difficult boundary to hold and it didn’t work.

This summer, we’re tightening our policy again. Here it is:

  • No food or candy of any kind permitted in care packages. This includes healthy food like nuts and dried fruit. Worst of all, it includes homemade food.
  • All care packages will be opened in the presence of an adult. All food will be discarded in the trash.

If this seems harsh, we sympathize, and we’re sorry — it’s not ideal for us either — but we have to limit the amount of sugar and junk food our farmers are consuming. It is likely you don’t understand how much sugar was arriving in the mail.

Care packages are ok, but instead of food or candy please consider alternatives like letters, books, magazines, stationery, photos, playing cards and games.

Bear in mind that your child will have plenty of access to sugar this summer. In the morning, there’s sugar in the cereals and the syrups. In the afternoon, it’s in the jellies. In the evening, it’s in the iced tea, the lemonade and the ketchup.

Plus, we celebrate multiple birthdays every week with cookies, brownies and ice cream.

Plus, they can buy treats in town, at the movies, and at Hall’s Ice Cream — say nothing of Hersheypark. Your child will not be deprived, I promise.

We appreciate your support as we tackle this complicated situation and try to keep our farmers on an even keel.

If you have any questions, you can always reach me at 717-567-3349 or



Matthew T. Smith
Owner / Director
Longacre Leadership Camp

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