Fort Dodge High School Power Snack Delivery
“Many of our students feel responsible for helping feed their family, especially when there are younger children in the home,” explained Lynnae Harvey, Fort Dodge High School Assistant Principal. “These Power Snack meal coupons will help those students be able to quite literally put food on their table.”
The Power Snack Program, organized and funded by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, is reaching out to local communities and schools to offer support for food insecure students. At Fort Dodge High School, the program supports 609 students. At various times throughout the school year, typically before extended breaks like in December, students will receive $5 coupons for sliced or shaved ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread. Students will also receive a booklet filled with easy and nutritious recipes to challenge each student to take their snacks just one step further. Coupons are distributed to students at Ft. Dodge High School four times throughout the school year – a contribution valued at $19,488.
Throughout the majority of the year, food insecure students receive their most balanced meal from the school breakfast and lunch program. So, you can imagine this makes extended school breaks difficult. But this past winter break was different because food insecure students received their Power Snack coupons before the holidays. With these coupons, students were able to feel a sense of relief and security when it came to making their own snack or meal.
“We’ve found that many of our students get their most fulfilling meals here at school,” Harvey continued. “When we are approaching a break, many of our students are wondering where and how they are going to get fed when they are not in school. These coupons help alleviate a lot of their anxiety.”