Orange City, Iowa and MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District Received 500 Power Snacks
Whew—what a day! We traveled to 11 different schools and delivered 10,300 Power Snacks and 880 pork sticks for schools.
Our final stop brought us to Orange City, Iowa and MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District to deliver 500 Power Snacks.
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Power Snack provides food-insecure students with coupon booklets for $5 worth of deli ham and $3 for a loaf of whole wheat bread. Combining the energy and carbohydrates of whole wheat bread with the protein of ham means the children will have made themselves a real “Power Snack”.
The pork sticks are a new addition to this year’s Power Snack deliveries.
“We are excited about the addition of Pork Sticks because they’ll serve as an immediate, nutritious resource for kids,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.”
According to the Food Bank of Iowa, 1 in 5 children are considered food insecure.
“When students come to school hungry, they are visibly tired, easily frustrated, agitated and have a “short fuse”, so to speak,” said Jackie Olson, Elementary Counselor. “What excites me most about Power Snack is the healthy option it provides our students. Keeping them nourished, even when they’re not at school, is very important.”
This year, Power Snack will support 22,751 students statewide and partner with 125 schools and districts. With Thanksgiving Break quickly approaching, all coupons are being delivered November 11-22, 2019. Coupons will then be distributed to students identified as food insecure by their schools prior to extended weekends and holiday breaks.
“Since receiving the coupons, we’ve seen them make a positive impact on our students,” continued Jackie. “Students are able to get healthy food that gives them long-lasting energy!”