I lost a hive to the winter and have about 18 frames of honey, pollen and some empty but drawn comb. This is all in the freezer. I have several packages coming this year and plan to use the supplies in starting these packages. I need advice on strategies for how to distribute these resources. I am now planning on four new packages. Should I split the resources equally or start two with near a full box of drawn comb?
That 4-5 frames of honey and pollen all with drawn comb per hive. That's an excellent start, about 2 months worth. So you're putting your April(?) bees into a Late May-Mid June situation. Put those frames in the center of the hive, with new frames on each side. Hang the queen cage from the frame with the most open comb so she can get to work quickly. It will not be necessary to feed this bees unless you really want to.
The hive will probably need supering in 2-3 weeks after install. When you super move some of the outer drawn frames up and put an empty frame on each side of the brood chamber. With that must of a jump-start it is possible to get a harvest from them the first year as by the end of the June flow should see them at full strength oat 2 deeps worth of brood boxes. That makes any excess collected in July and August harvestable.
All the above is predicated up escaping Murphy's Law.