Power Snack visits Forest City CSD

posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

“When a student is not properly fed, their learning and behavior are both greatly affected,” said Nancy Prohaska, counselor at Forest City Elementary School. “It’s vital that our students have proper nutrition and food intake amount.”

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.

“This program is a godsend,” exclaimed Nancy. “We no longer have the Backpack Program for our food-insecure students, so these coupons are really going to help those that need it most. With a long break on the horizon, Power Snack assures us that kids are going to have food right at their fingertips.”

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 Nancy. “Keeping their bellies full will increase both learning success and encourage healthy, physical growth. We are so excited to be included in this program.”