Super Snacker Visits Clarke County

posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Clarke County Power Snack

It’s safe to say the Super Snacker caught the eyes of some curious kiddos in Osceola and Murray this morning! While in Clarke County, she delivered 1,600 Power Snack coupon booklets and 400 Pork Sticks for local students in-need. It was a heavy lift, but would you just look at those muscles? Must be all the protein.

A program of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms, Power Snack partners with schools to provide at-risk students with booklets containing a $5 coupon for a pound of ham and $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread. Last year, the program introduced Pork Sticks—a protein packed snack that kicks hunger to the curb—and doubled their donation this year to 20,000 Pork Sticks total.

According to the Food Bank of Iowa, one in seven children are considered food-insecure, meaning, they don’t have enough to eat. “Children must have their physical needs met before they can learn,” said Clarke Elementary Guidance Counselor, Shelly Morgan. “Hungry children don’t learn.”

In communities like Osceola and Murray, Power Snack supplements ongoing programs to keep at-risk students fed and focused on learning.

The coupons delivered today can be redeemed at any local grocery store or market and will provide the supplies for 19,200 ham sandwiches, a donation that values $12,800. Most importantly, they provide the resources for children to make their own healthy “Power Snacks” at home.

The booklets are distributed by the schools and most commonly head home with kids prior to extended holiday breaks. Together, we can put an end to childhood hunger.