Iowa Select Farms and Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation Donate 1,000,000 Ham Sandwiches and

10,000 Pork Sticks to At-Risk Kids

Pork Producer Empowers Young Superheroes to Combat Hunger


Source: Iowa Select Farms

Nov 27, 2019


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 received Pork

Sticks in addition to existing Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread. Between

November 11 and 26, Foundation volunteers and Iowa Select Farms employees distributed 10,000 Pork

Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools.


“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.”


In Iowa, 1 in 5 children are 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.”


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 were delivered to school principals, teachers

and nurses and are intended for distribution to at-risk children right before Thanksgiving, winter, spring

and summer breaks.


Ham is Lean, Nutrient Rich Protein


“Kids love ham,” explained Sorenson. “It’s easy to prepare, full of flavor and promotes growth and

development. Combining the energy and carbohydrates of whole wheat bread with the protein of ham

means the children will have made themselves a real Power Snack™.”


According to the National Pork Board, pork loin, tenderloin and ham are excellent sources of thiamin,

niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein, and a good source of zinc and potassium. The

USDA MyPlate guidelines recommend children eat up to six ounces of lean protein daily, depending on

age and gender.




About Iowa Select Farms

Iowa Select Farms is the largest pork producer in Iowa and is committed to responsibly producing safe,

nutritious, and high-quality pork for their customers and the food companies they serve. The company

has 242,000 sows and annually produces more than one billion pounds of pork. With 800 swine farms

across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities,

employing more than 1,200 people, contracting with more than 650 farmers and supporting hundreds

of local businesses throughout the state.


About the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation

The Hansens, who founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls, Iowa,

established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006 to work with philanthropic organizations to

relieve hunger, support military families and strengthen efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer while

improving the quality of life for cancer patients.