Power Snack visits Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD

posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

“When students do not have enough food at home they come to school hungry and unable to learn at their fullest potential,” said Tricia Rosendahl, Principal at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary School. “They are more focused on when they will get their next meal than on schoolwork.”

Power Snack, a program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, is aimed at reducing childhood hunger in Iowa by providing food-insecure students access to nutritious foods at home. Each child enrolled in the program receives coupons for $5 of deli ham and $3 for a loaf of whole wheat bread—ingredients to make their own protein-packed Power Snacks at home.

“Power Snack is a great program because it provides healthy grains and proteins,” continue Tricia. “The bread and meat make an easy snack or meal, that even our youngest of students could make on their own if needed.”

Now in its sixth year, Power Snack supports 23,267 children statewide in grades K-12. Between the elementary and middle schools in Forest City, 185 students qualify for the program. Each student will receive a coupon booklet 4 times throughout the school year.

“Power Snack coupons will be distributed to students on our reduced fee lunch lists that are in high poverty situations,” explained Tricia. “Keeping their bellies full will increase both learning success and encourage healthy, physical growth. We are so excited to be included in this program.”

569 students within the CGD school district will receive Power Snack coupons—enough resources to make 20,484 ham sandwiches and contribution valued at $18,208.