Southeast Valley School District Power Snack Delivery

posted on Friday, January 5, 2018

“The Power Snack coupons will be sent home to students four times this school year,” said Daniel Grandfield, Principal at Dayton Elementary. “Students received coupons just before winter break and will receive them again in February before a three-day weekend, at the end of March before Easter Break and on the last day of school. Our goal is to get them out prior to extended breaks when students won’t be in school and might not know where their meals are going to come from.” 

For food insecure students, leading up to extended school breaks and weekends becomes a stressful time because of the uncertainty of having consistent meals when they are not in school. The Power Snack Program is providing students with the means to make nutritious snacks during these breaks.

“We started our Power Snack program in 2012, and have grown the effort every year since,” explained Jen Sorenson, Director of Communications at Iowa Select Farms. “We’ve invested several hundred thousand dollars in this initiative and thus far have donated more than one million power snacks to Iowa families experiencing food insecurity.”

Each student in the Southeast Valley School District enrolled in the program is provided with $5 coupons for shaved or sliced deli ham and $3 coupons for a loaf of whole wheat bread – that’s enough to make 12 protein-packed sandwiches, or a total of 48 Power Snacks. The coupons will be distributed four times throughout the school year.

“We are very appreciative of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation for teaming up to offer this great program to our students,” Grandfield raved. “This is just one more way we can make sure our students are receiving the nutrients they need to grow and learn.”

To date, the Power Snack Program has partnered with more than 119 schools and school districts statewide to support 18,000+ food insecure students -- an overall investment of over three million dollars in the fight against hunger.