Power Snack visits Dallas Center-Grimes CSD
“Food insecurity disrupts our students’ ability to focus appropriately on classroom learning,” said Michelle Wearmouth, business manager Dallas Center - Grimes CSD. “It’s exciting to offer a solution for families in-need during a period of time that students will not receive meals at school.
Power Snack, a program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, aims to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa by providing access to nutritious food at home. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, 555 students in the DCG school district will benefit from the program—a contribution valued at $17,760.
Power Snack provides children with $5 coupons for deli ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
“The superhero theme of Power Snack is indicative of the larger purpose of the program—empower children in food insecure homes by teaching them how to get to the store, shop for nutritious food covered by the coupons and prepare their own meals,” said Jen Sorenson, communications director of Iowa Select Farms.
According to the USDA MyPlate guidelines, children should eat up to six ounces of lean protein daily, depending on age and gender. Ham is an excellent source of protein, zinc, potassium. Combining the energy and carbohydrates of whole wheat bread with the protein of ham means children will be able to make themselves a real “Power Snack”.
“Focused learned have all basic needs met and are able to learn without distractions,” said Michelle. “If basic needs are not met, such as inadequate or improper nutrition, the learner cannot fully focus in the classroom setting. Which is why this Power Snack is such an exciting solution to offer our students and families in need.”