Power Snack Program Provides Lean Protein to Hungry Children
Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s Power Snack Program provides the ingredients for food insecure children to make their own “Power Snacks”—nutritious ham sandwiches made out of deli ham and whole wheat bread.
Ham is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein and a good source of zinc and potassium—all essential for growth, development and cognitive learning.
The program provides coupons to each child’s family for four pounds of free deli ham (valued at $5 per pound) and four loaves of whole wheat bread ($3 per loaf) for making 48 filling, high-protein “Power Snacks” each year.
The coupons include a Protein Power! booklet filled with easy recipes, such as how to make the perfect ham sandwich, scrambled eggs and ham, grilled ham and cheese, ham wraps, ham pizza snacks and ham, cheese and crackers.
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation offers the Power Snack™ Program to schools located in the communities of Iowa Select Farms. Each year, Iowa Select Farms employees deliver teacher kits with coupon bundles directly to elementary, middle and high schools, assisting more than 18,000 children identified as food insecure.
Why do we do it? Because we care tremendously about helping children and believe what we are doing is making a difference in their lives.
Power Snack Program Fact Sheet for Teachers
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