Reflecting On how Far We Have Come: The PowerSnack Program

posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On day two of our final fundraising week we bring you more protein power—this time it’s just for kids. Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s PowerSnack™ Program provides the ingredients for food insecure children to make their own “Power Snacks”—nutritious ham sandwiches made out of deli ham and whole wheat bread.

Ham is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein and a good source of zinc and potassium—all essential for growth, development and cognitive learning.

The program provides coupons to each child’s family for four pounds of free deli ham (valued at $5 per pound) and four loaves of whole wheat bread ($3 per loaf) for making 48 filling, high-protein “Power Snacks” each year.

The coupons include a Protein Power! booklet filled with easy recipes, such as how to make the perfect ham sandwich, scrambled eggs and ham, grilled ham and cheese, ham wraps, ham pizza snacks and ham, cheese and crackers.

Now in its fifth year, the Power Snack™ Program offered coupon bundles to more than 18,000 children identified by their schools and teachers as food insecure—a 125% increase over from 2016.

Why do we do it? Because we care tremendously about helping children and believe what we are doing is making a difference in their lives.