Power Snack Visits CGD Schools
“As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I know that the combination of ham and whole wheat bread is a powerful trifecta for nutrition,” said Kelsey Wigans, Seed to Table Manager, RDN, LDN at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School. “Power Snack provides carbohydrate, fat and protein, which are important for satiety, growth and essential nutrients needed for other functions within the body.”
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Power Snack aims reduce childhood hunger in Iowa by providing kids access to nutritious food at home. Four times throughout the school year children receive a $5 coupon for deli ham and $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
“School-based food-assistance programs for children from low-income families greatly aid the learning process, but those same children may still suffer from food insecurity on weekends and holiday breaks,” said Allyson Ladd, communications specialist at Iowa Select Farms. “We encourage teachers to distribute our Power Snacks prior to those breaks to ensure no child ever has to go to bed hungry.”
Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, 75 students in the Gilmore City-Bradgate School District will receive Power Snack deli ham and whole wheat bread coupon booklets. Along with delicious and easy recipe ideas, the Protein Power! coupon booklets include a $5 coupon for deli ham and $3 coupon for whole wheat bread--the resources children need to make twelve nutritious ham sandwiches.
In total, the Power Snack coupons + 200 Pork Sticks donated to GCB Community Schools will provide at-risk students with 3,600 meals.
Power Snack coupons are typically distributed prior to extended weekends or holiday breaks when children go without critical breakfast, lunch and snack meal programs.