Aplington-Parkersburg CSD Received 120 Power Snacks for Food Insecure Students
Our next stop of the day was Aplington-Parkersburg CSD to deliver 120 Power Snacks for food-insecure students.
“I am so excited that our students will have a healthy protein option at home to fill their tummies,” said Rachael Klooser, school counselor. “When students come to school hungry, they may act sluggish, can be irritable and have a hard time focusing on anything other than lunch and snack time.”
To support food-insecure children at Aplington-Parkersburg and statewide, Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation are taking two weeks to deliver Power Snacks—coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread. Four times throughout the school year, eligible students will receive a $5 coupon for a pound of deli ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
“As farmers and pork producers we are passionate about assisting hunger-relief efforts, particularly those directed towards children,” said Jen Sorenson, communications director of Iowa Select Farms. “As part of our ongoing commitment to rural Iowa, we continue to grow efforts like Power Snack.”
New this year, students will also receive pork sticks to help alleviate hunger at school. The pork sticks will serve as an immediate, nutritious resource for kids. They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.
“Protein allows students to stay fuller, longer,” continued Klooser. “It’s also a major source of energy and very important in the diets of young, developing students.”
With Thanksgiving Break quickly approaching, Klooser plans to distribute Power Snack coupons within the school’s existing Backpack Program that sends food home with kids on the weekend.