October 10, 2017

For the past several years, Hi-Pro Feeds has partnered with Snack Pak for Kids to help feed hungry children in the Texas Panhandle. SP4K is a weekend backpack program that began in September 2010. Dyron Howell and his wife, Kelly, started the program in their kitchen serving just 10 kids at one elementary school. The program has grown to more than 7,000 elementary, middle and high school students in 42 districts throughout the Panhandle.

Yesterday, Snack Pak announced the launch of their new Beef Stik program. The program, SP4K Buy One Give One (BOGO) Beef Stik, will allow consumers to purchase Snack Pak Beef Stiks online from Clint & Sons Processing. Every stick that is purchased provides an additional stick for a child in need.

"Hi-Pro Feeds is very excited about the launch of the new Beef Stik." says Varla Wilcox, "Providing protein for these hungry kids is so important, and we are honored to be a part of this endeavor."

The program is part of an industry-wide initiative to provide more protein to area kids who are susceptible to hunger. Participating groups and organizations include Cactus Feeders, Cargill, Caviness Beef Packers, Clint & Sons Processors, Elanco, Friona Industries, Hi-Pro Feeds, Legacy Farms, Nutra Blend, Micro Technologies, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Beef provides ten essential nutrients and vitamins, including protein, zinc and iron – three key nutrients that are essential for proper growth and development of children. The SP4K Beef Stik is made of 100 percent chuck roast and brisket, making it the most premium beef stick on the market.

"Hunger doesn't take a day off, which is why this program is so important to our scholars and their families," said Dr. Dana West, AISD superintendent. "The goal is to provide sustainable protein that is not only nutritious, but that our scholars will eat. These beef sticks provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that help them stay energized and focused so they are ready to learn come Monday morning in the classroom."

The Buy One Give One program ensures that purchasing a Beef Stik will provide a Stik to a child in need. You can also donate beef directly to Caviness Beef Packers, who will process and deliver it to Clint & Sons where it will become a Snack Pak Beef Stik.

For more information, visit the Snack Pak website.