Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, PowerSnack Program Stopped at Truro and I-35 Schools

posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019


“Since receiving Power Snack coupons last year, families have reached out and expressed their thanks regarding how much the Program has helped them,” said Jacob Heddinger, a counselor at Interstate 35 Community School District. “We’ve also had teachers reach out and share how the coupons have impacted their students positively. We couldn’t be more excited to be receiving them again this year.”

Our first stop of the morning brought us to Truro and I-35 Schools. In addition to 200 Power Snack coupon booklets for at-risk students, we delivered 75 pork sticks to help in emergency situations.

“It’s very common for teachers to dig into their own pockets to buy snacks for their students,” continued Heddinger. “I can already say with certainty these pork sticks are going to make a positive impact at our school.”

According to Heddinger, when students are hungry their behaviors are, well, off.

“It can really vary,” he said. “But it’s common to see impulsivity, inattentiveness and struggling to follow directions. Students who are hungry often need more breaks from schoolwork, have a much harder time focusing and struggle to follow directions.”

Power Snack, a program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, aims to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa by providing access to nutritious food at home, specifically deli ham and whole wheat bread.

“Combining the energy and carbohydrates of whole wheat bread with the protein of ham means children will have made themselves a real Power Snack,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director at Iowa Select Farms. “Kids love ham. It’s easy to prepare, full of flavor and promotes growth and development.”

Between November 11 and 22, Iowa Select Farms employees will distribute 10,000 Pork Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools across Iowa.