Power snack

Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s Lori Metz, right, delivers Power Snack teacher kits to Chris Hopkins, left, and Pam Cantrell at Davis County Community Schools. Power Snack Teacher Kits contain pork sticks and four Power Snack coupon booklets for each child containing coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread.

Davis County Schools were among 125 Iowa school districts receiving Power Snacks™ from Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in conjunction with the Power Snack program.

Between Nov. 11 and 22, Foundation volunteers and Iowa Select Farms employees distributed 10,000 pork sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children across Iowa.

The Davis County Schools received 2,800 Power Snacks™ — a  donation valued at $22,400 — and enough resources to make 33,600 ham sandwich Power Snacks.

Power Snack Teacher Kits contain 80 pork sticks and four Power Snack booklets for each child containing a $5 coupon for deli ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread — the ingredients needed to make their own Power Snacks™ at home.

“We are excited about the addition of pork sticks because they 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.”

In Iowa, one in five children is considered food insecure. According to Scott Jeske, Principal at Robert Blue Middle School in Eagle Grove, weekends and extended holiday breaks are especially difficult on kids who regularly eat breakfast and lunch at school. “Being well-nourished is a basic need that has to be filled before students can start learning,” Jeske said. “We see a difference in students that come to school hungry versus those that don’t, and Power Snack continues to be a great asset for our kids.”