Schleswig Community School was Another Stop on Our Power Snack Tour
“We absolutely see a difference in the learning ability of students that come to school hungry,” said Jennifer Bower, Counselor at Schleswig Community School. “Students are who are well-fed are better able to focus on learning.”
Our next stop on our journey to alleviate childhood food insecurity in Iowa was in Schleswig, where our team delivered 720 Power Snacks for local students.
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Power Snack provides coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread for students identified by their schools as food-insecure.
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.
New this year, schools will also receive pork sticks to help alleviate hunger in emergency situations.
“We are excited about the addition of Pork Sticks because they’ll serve as an immediate, nutritious resource for kids,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.”
Now in its seventh year, Power Snack supports 22,751 students statewide. Each child enrolled in the program by their school will receive four coupon booklets throughout the school year, many of which are distributed prior to extended holiday breaks, like Thanksgiving.
“Being able to provide families a bonus food source during times that children are at home more is huge,” explained Jennifer. “When kids are home for breaks, it requires families to stretch their budgets even further to put food on the table. Power Snack is a great program because the coupons are easy for families to use and directly benefit our students.”