PowerSnack's Third Stop is at Roland-Story Community Schools

posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019


“While holiday and extended breaks are exciting for most, it also means that our free and reduced lunch students often don’t have food in the evening or over the weekends,” said Brian Town, Principal at Roland-Story Middle School. “This program provides our food-insecure students the opportunity to have more healthy food at home.”

Our third stop of the morning brought us to Story City, Iowa to deliver 240 Power Snack booklets and pork sticks for 60 students identified as food-insecure. The booklets, which contain delicious recipe ideas for kids, also contain a $5 coupon for deli ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread—the ingredients for kids to make their own “Power Snacks” at home.

We followed up the visit with a trip to nearby Roland-Story Elementary School in Story City, Iowa to deliver another 24 Power Snacks. In total, 340 Power Snacks were delivered for 85 students, enough to provide 4,420 ham sandwiches for at-risk students.

“Kids love ham,” explained Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms. “It’s easy to prepare, full of flavor and promotes growth and development. 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.”

Since 2012, Power Snack has worked to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa. According to Feeding America, one in seven children may not know where they will get their next meal. For the 11 million kids in the United States facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a daily challenge.

“Being well-fed helps students focus on school and now worrying about the next time they will eat,” continued Principal Town. “Kids that are hungry often struggle to focus and having the energy needed to learn.”

In addition to Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread, the schools received pork sticks that will provide a healthy option for students going through emergency hunger situations. Between November 11 and 22, 2019, the Deb and Jeff Hansen and Iowa Select Farms will distribute 10,000 Pork Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools across Iowa.

Story City Herald