West Fork Welcomes PowerSnack
“Power Snack is a positive program that helps feed our students,” said Tracy Peterson, 2-8 Principal at West Fork School District. “Keeping them full helps keep their brains engaged at school so that they can focus on learning.”
A program of Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, Power Snack aims to provide children access to nutritious food at home. Four times throughout the school year, children identified as food-insecure by their schools will receive a $5 coupon for deli ham and $3 coupon for whole wheat bread.
Now in its seventh year, Power Snack supports nearly 24,000 children statewide. In total, 240 students in the West Fork School District will receive Power Snack—a contribution valued at $7,680 and enough supplies to make 11,520 ham sandwiches.
New this year, schools will also receive pork sticks to help students in emergency hunger situations.
“We are excited about the addition of Pork Sticks because they’ll serve as an immediate, nutritious resource for kids,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.”
Power Snack coupons are typically distributed before extended weekends or holiday breaks, like Thanksgiving, when children go without important meals at schools like breakfast and lunch.
“These coupons could not have come at a better time,” said Tracy. “We do not have any other food-assistance programs at our school and students without proper nutrition is not ready to learn.”