South Central Calhoun Elementary Power Snack Delvivery

posted on Friday, January 5, 2018

Families across Iowa struggle every day to put food on the table and unfortunately, children in these families have no control over the difficult situation and as a result, often times will go to school hungry and unfocused. The Power Snack Program, an effort of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms, works with schools to help food insecure children have the means to go to the grocery store and purchase nutritious foods to make their very own Power Snacks.

“These coupons are going to a number of families experiencing difficult times,” said Nicole McChesney, Principal at South Central Calhoun Elementary in Rockwell City. “They will provide critical aid to our students and their families. It is a really great program that makes an impact where it matters most.”

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, students at South Central Calhoun Elementary will receive four sets of Power Snack coupon kits. Inside, students will find a $5 coupon for shaved or sliced ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread. The coupons can be used at most local grocery and convenience stores. The first round of coupons was distributed prior to the extended holiday break this past December – a time when it is especially difficult for food insecure children to eat well-balanced meals. Together with the two brightly colored coupons, children are able to make a nutritious and delicious snack that is full of protein. The best part? Power Snacks help keep children fuller, longer, meaning they will be able to stay focused in the classroom.

“The unfortunate reality is that a lot of our students are struggling with issues far beyond our grasp, even as adults,” explained McChesney. “We’ve got students that lost their home in a house fire, welcomed additional family members into their household that needed a place to live, are considered low-income because a parent is ill or on bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy and can’t work and even some students that are placed in another family member's home due to their parent’s substance abuse." She continued, "These coupons are going to alleviate a lot of stress from their already very stressful, chaotic lives. It’s a great way to support families here in the South Central Calhoun School District.”