Two Stops Made in Garner Iowa!

posted on Monday, November 1, 2021

“We all know that students learn much better when they are not dealing with hunger. The Power Snack program provides food items that high schoolers generally see as "fun" snacks, rather than just "nutritious" snacks. They see a benefit to participating in your program because ham sandwiches and/or meat sticks are cool to them,” said Jan Bier, Administrative Assistant at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School. “Our students benefit greatly from this because it allows them to concentrate on their learning when have had substantive food that keeps the hunger away. Thank you for providing this awesome program!”

A group of students accepts the power snack materials

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms is making two stops in Garner at both the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Elementary and Middle School, as well as the Garner-Hayfield Ventura High School. Both schools will be receiving hundreds of Power Snack coupon booklets for teachers to supply their students who are food insecure. To help offset the expense of meals at home on weekends and long school breaks, the Power Snack program provides coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread at grocery stores. In total, the district will have 1,100 coupons and 400 pork sticks, valued at $8,800.

“We LOVE this program! We have used it before, and it is wonderful,” said Leanne Ermer, Counselor for Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Elementary and Middle School. “When kids come to school hungry, they can't work to their potential. Food and shelter are their number one basic needs. When a student comes to school hungry, it's great to have a supply of food/protein to give to them. We can't teach them when they are too hungry to concentrate. Thank you for providing this worthwhile program!”

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