At the Compassionate Connections Center, we are passionate about providing those in need with the necessities they need to thrive every day and when it comes to food consumption, our story stays the same. But how do we know what's best for you and your student?
The Nutrition Mission
The Nutrition Mission is a weekend backpack program that is designed to serve vulnerable students in the Clintonville School District. The program launched its pilot program in the spring of 2021 and served 50 students a week for eight weeks. Today we are proud to say our program serves 250 students a week throughout all the academic locations in Clintonville, WI. This includes the Clintonville Elementary, Middle, and High School and Dellwood Child Care as well as St. Martin Lutheran and St. Rose, and St. Mary Schools.
Our Core Values
Serve: Here to serve the students of Clintonville School District by battling food insecurity.
Nourish: We strive to feed and nourish our students by providing healthy, sustainable, and easy to prepare meals to students who demonstrate need.
Inspire: Inspiring our youth to focus on academics without having to worry about their next meal.
Partnership: Our partnerships, local and remote, enable us to create an impact in our schools and community.
What sets us apart
As a program prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our youth, we carefully pick foods we think would nutritionally benefit our students while still ensuring that we fill the bellies of our students over the duration of the weekend. Here's what sets our program apart from many others.
- We stay away from foods high in sugar and avoid providing foods with any added sugar.
- We avoid any food items with significant levels of fat (saturated and unsaturated).
- Each week, our students can find various food items that include fruits and vegetables in the ingredients.
- We carefully cultivate our menus with your student's growth and development in mind. Including only the healthiest versions of each food item.
- Our Project Coordinator and creator of each week's menu earned her bachelor's of science in Health Promotion and Wellness and are also a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute.
- We look to the experts. We heavily rely on credible resources from the USDA and the CDC to assist us in healthy menu options for students to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.