Dike-New Hartford Receives Power Snack Booklets
“In many cases, students who are hungry have a harder time focusing opposed to those who are adequately nourished,” said Lisa Timmerman, School Counselor at Dike-New Hartford. “They may act sluggish, tired, off-task and overall, less motivated to learn.”
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Power Snack aims to reduce childhood hunger by providing access to nutritious food, specifically ham and whole wheat bread, at home. Four times throughout the school year, qualifying students at Dike-New Hartford will receive the coupons. New this year, Power Snack also includes pork sticks for schools to keep on hand for emergency situations.
“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,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director at Iowa Select Farms. “Not only is deli ham easy to prepare, but it’s also full of flavor, promotes growth and development.”
Now in its seventh year, Power Snack supports 22,751 students statewide. More than 91,000 Power Snack coupons and 10,000 pork sticks will be distributed to 125 schools on November 11-22, 2019.
“We plan to put the coupons in student food bags which are sent home twice each month,” explained Timmerman. “Students look forward to these coupons because it makes them feel that they are contributing to their families. The coupons can help them make several sandwiches for multiple meals.”