SPARC launches SnackSmart School Snack Drive!

12 April 2013

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Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of its SnackSmart School Snack Drive, an initiative in collaboration with the Sun Prairie Area School District to help fight hunger in our schools by ensuring that no child in our K-5 goes hungry during snack time.

For the entire month of April, you can contribute by donating when you check out at Walgreen’s Davison Drive location and Sentry (1052 West Main) in Sun Prairie!  Every dollar goes a long way in making sure every kid in our schools gets a healthy snack.

Starting on April 17, you can also drop off food donations at the Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive. More drop-off locations tba.

After months of planning and meeting with district educators, principals, social workers, administrators, and community partners, SPARC members were able to confirm the need to address the very real problem of childhood hunger in our schools in a meaningful way.

SnackSmart provides healthy snacks that meet our district’s (and national) nutrition guidelines to K-5 students who do not bring snacks to school.  The Snack Drive is a SPARC initiative aimed to fight hunger in our schools and help offset the out-of-pockets costs to local teachers who currently purchase snacks for students who don’t bring them to school.  Snacks are a major expense to educators (who pay on average $26/month on classroom snacks nationwide).  Buying snacks can be a hardship for struggling families and, most significantly, hunger has a negative impact on education: kids can’t focus on school when they’re focused on what they’ll eat next.  By working closely with teams led by school social workers, this effort will allow teachers to keep an in-class supply of healthy snacks on hand.

SPARC thanks the many community members and business partners who have already stepped up to support these efforts, including: Sun Prairie School District Administrator Dr. Tim Culver, Costco, Findorff, Prairie Athletic Club, Sentry, Target, and Walgreen’s.

If you or your organization would like to donate or get more involved, please email SunPrairieAction@gmail.com or call Heather at (608) 217-6370.  If you’d like to mail a contribution, please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to Sun Prairie Area School District, with “SnackSmart Snack Drive” in the memo line, and mail to: SnackSmart c/o Phil Frei, SPASD, 501 S. Bird St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.

If you’d like to contribute snacks,  please choose from the list of healthy options below.  Any snacks collected for the snack drive that do not meet the District’s Wellness Guidelines will be donated to Sunshine Place.

Healthy snack ideas include pre-packaged and nut-free non-perishable items such as

  • fruit cups in 100% juice
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • nut-free granola bars or fruit bars
  • dried fruit
  • whole grain low-salt crackers or chips (like whole grain Goldfish)
  • rice cakes
  • whole grain finger-food cereals (like Cheerios)
  • graham cracker products (teddy grahams, Giant goldfish, bug bites, etc)

SPARC plans to hold an official kickoff event for the snack drive later this spring.

For more information on the SnackSmart program, please contact:  SunPrairieAction@gmailcom
Cathy Pagel: 608 837-3078 or 219-4638
Heather DuBois Bourenane: 608 217-6370

SnackSmart: Healthy snacks are smart snacks.  Smart snacking sparks learning.

Let’s level the playing field by making sure no child learns hungry in our community!

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One Response to SPARC launches SnackSmart School Snack Drive!

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