IKM-Manning School District Received Enough Power Snack Coupons to Create 15,312 Meals
“We are nearly 50% free and reduced,” explained Corey Sebetka, PK-12 Instructional Coach at IKM-Manning Schools. “Any additional access to food helps our students and their families. They have all been very excited to receive the coupons!”
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation—Power Snack helps reduce childhood hunger by providing access to nutritious food. Four times throughout the school year, students enrolled in the program receive a booklet containing coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread.
For the second year in a row, 319 students in the IKM-Manning School District will receive Power Snack—a contribution valued at $10,208 and enough resources to make 15,312 meals.
“Protein is important in the diets of young, developing students because they need it do develop muscles and allow brain development,” said Sebetka. “Compared to sugar-filled foods, protein keeps students fuller, longer, which ultimately helps them concentrate more at school.”
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.
This year, 125 schools are enrolled in the program and although they can choose how to administer the program, most distribute four times a year prior to extended holiday breaks, like Thanksgiving, when students go without breakfast and lunch at school.
“When students are hungry, we see them rush the food line, hang out for seconds or ask to take food home,” continued Sebetka. “Children who have food are less distracted and show fewer behavior problems. They can show their best work in the classroom, which is why we’re so thankful for a program that helps keep our students fed.