100 Children at Lincoln Elementary Will Receive Power Snack
“Protein is a key building block in a child’s body and brain development,” said Scotti Hagensick, counselor at Charles City Lincoln Elementary. “I love being able to provide these coupons for any student who is in need without filling out individual paperwork.”
Power Snack, a program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, aims to reduce childhood hunger by providing access to nutritious foods at home. According to the Food Bank of Iowa, 1 in 5 children are considered food-insecure.
“We absolutely see a difference in students that come to school hungry versus those that don’t,” said Scotti. “Students who don’t have enough to eat often have difficulty concentrating, show fatigue and exhaustion and frustration.”
With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, many students will go without important meals like breakfast and lunch that they typically receive at school.
Four times throughout the school year, most commonly before extended weekends and holidays, children identified as at-risk by the school will receive Power Snack—a $5 coupon for a pound of deli ham and $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
New this year, students will also receive pork sticks to alleviate hunger in emergency situations.
“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.”
Now in its seventh year, Power Snack supports 22,751 students statewide.
100 children at Lincoln Elementary will receive Power Snack—a contribution valued at $3,200 and enough resources to make 3,600 ham sandwiches.