Thumbs up: York County officials say they didn't know exactly what to expect when they launched a prescription drug discount program.
It turns out the Coast2Coast Rx program is working better than anyone could have imagined, saving county residents more than $6 million since its launch in 2009.
The free discount card allows county residents to save up to 75 percent on prescription drugs, said county spokesman Carl Lindquist.
Every county resident is eligible for the program, regardless of income, age and health status, he said -- no cost, registration or paperwork necessary.
From the program's inception to the end of August, 10,090 people filled 167,538 prescriptions using their cards. They saved a total of $6,210,262 -- an average of about 59 percent off retail price of the prescriptions.
"We're happy to see that the community's taking advantage of it," Lindquist said.
The county also benefits: It receives a royalty for its participation in the program -- almost $30,000 so far this year.
To participate, residents can pick up a card at certain county offices, library locations and chain and independent pharmacies, or print a card by visiting www.coast2coastrx.com/yorkpa.
Thumbs up: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school often spend their weekends hungry, according to social workers.
And now group of local volunteers, with the help of a grant, has devised a plan to feed at least some of those children on Saturdays and Sundays.
The York Benevolent Association is sending bags of food -- called power packs -- home with some students at McKinley K-8 school in York City.
All McKinley students -- the vast majority of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch -- are eligible.
If multiple children from one family attend McKinley, each child is eligible for his or her own power pack, according to Solita Day, the association's president-elect
"It's enough food in the backpack to feed one child the entire weekend," she said.
The association, which partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to acquire the grant, has funding to send as many as 140 power packs home with students every Friday through the end of the school year.
For more information, contact Karen Woodings, special program director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, at (717) 564-1700.