Iowa Select Farms, Hansen Foundation provide food for school kids

Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation are continuing to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa with the Power Snack™ program. This year, food insecure children across Iowa will receive Pork Sticks in addition to existing Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread. Between November 11 and 22, Foundation volunteers and Iowa Select Farms employees will distribute 10,000 Pork Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools.

Pictured with Allyson Ladd is Paton-Churdan guidance counselor Libby Towers (left).

Greene County and Paton-Churdan both received the items.

“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™ 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. In total, 91,004 Power Snack™ deli ham and whole wheat bread coupon packs and 10,000 Pork Sticks, intended for distribution right before Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer breaks.

Schools in Greene County received 948 Power Snacks—a donation valued at $7,584 and enough resources to make 11,376 ham sandwich Power Snacks. Pictured are food service director Dalieth Johnston (left) and Allyson Ladd of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.
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