Dayton Elementary Received Power Snack Coupons for 120 Students
“These Power Snack coupons will be sent home to students four times this school year,” said Daniel Grandfield, Principal at Dayton Elementary. “Students will receive coupons just before winter break, then again in February before a three-day weekend, at the end of March before Easter Break and on the last day of school. Our goal is to get them out when students won’t be in school and might not know where their meals are going to come from.”
For food-insecure students, the period of time leading up to extended school breaks and weekends can be stressful because of the uncertainty of having consistent meals when they are not in school.
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 food at home.
Now in its seventh year, the Program supplies 22,751 children statewide with a $5 coupon for a pound of deli ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread. Each child enrolled in Power Snack will receive the coupons four times throughout the school year—a contribution valued at $728,032 and enough resources to make 819,036 ham sandwich “Power Snacks”.
New this year, students will also receive pork sticks to help 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 Sorenson. “They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.”
Each student in the Southeast Valley School District considered food-insecure will receive Power Snack coupon booklets, pork stick and a Protein Power! Recipe booklet with healthy, fun and most importantly, easy to prepare, recipe ideas that use deli ham.
“We are very appreciative of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation for teaming up to offer this great program to our students,” Grandfield raved. “This is just one more way we can make sure our students are receiving the nutrients they need to grow and learn.”
This year, 120 students at Dayton Elementary School will receive Power Snack.