posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
A beautiful morning in SIOUX RAPIDS! Our Power Snack crew is headed even further west today as we travel the state of Iowa donating 97,500 deli ham and whole wheat bread coupons and 20,000 protein-packed Pork Sticks for Iowa kids in-need.
According to the Food Bank of Iowa, one and seven Iowa children are considered food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough to eat.
“Our students loved the pork snack sticks last year and I know they’ll be greatly appreciated again,” said Mary Kottke, school nurse at Sioux Central. “As a nurse, I appreciate the added protein the students get from the pork sticks, making them a healthier snack alternative when they come into my office hungry. And the coupons are a great resource for our students that provide a sense of relief they’ll have something to eat even when we’re on an extended break from school.”
Now in its eighth year, Power Snack, a program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, provides at-risk students with the food ingredients to make their own protein-packed “Power Snack” ham sandwiches at home.
The Sioux Central School District will receive 1,500 Power Snack deli ham and whole wheat bread coupons four times throughout the school year. Each coupon booklet provides the resources to make 12 delicious, but most importantly nutritious, ham sandwiches at home—that’s 18,000 ham sandwiches and 200 Pork Sticks for local children in-need!
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