Eldora-New Providence Elementary Power Snack Delivery
“Because there is such a high number of students on free or reduced lunch, we have considered starting our own pantry, right here in the school,” says Eldora-New Providence Elementary School Principal, Annie Bradford. “We work really hard to fulfill our mission for our kids: ‘Embracing today’s challenges, preparing for tomorrow’s world.”
One of those challenges many children in school face is childhood hunger, and it affects more children across the country than you would think. According to the Iowa Food Bank, in Iowa alone 384,830 people live at or below the poverty level. This translates to one in eight Iowans that are food insecure and one in five children that do not have enough, or any, food to eat.
Jen Sorenson with Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation met with Principal Bradford to deliver Power Snack™ Teachers Kits to the school. Four times this school year students will receive $5 coupons for shaved or sliced ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
“We are providing students with the ingredients they need to make their own delicious and healthy, Power Snack,” Sorenson says. “Along with the coupons, each student will receive a booklet full of easy-to-make recipes. These recipes are meant to spark their super hero minds and help them gather other ingredients to make snacks with in addition to the ham and bread.” Within the booklet, students can find recipes on how to make ham pizza snacks, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and more.
The Power Snack™ supports 40 students at Eldora-New Providence Elementary – a contribution valued at $1,280.