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Families get a mealtime boost with Full & Ready to Learn program - October 23 2015

Pantry among four nonprofits to receive Foundation grants this year

WINNECONNE, Wis. - Having students come to school nourished and ready to learn is critical to their well-being.

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Winneconne Area Community Foundation board members Kate Pfaendtner (from left), Emily Dunham and Nancy Albright (far right), present a check to Becky LaDue (center) of the Winneconne Area Assistance Center. The funds will support a new program that focuses on nutrition for families with children.

The Winneconne Area Assistance Center (WAAC) is helping to ensure that local children have enough to eat so they can concentrate on learning with a new program called Full & Ready to Learn.

Funded in part by a grant from the Winneconne Basic Needs Fund, the program aims to provide groceries for breakfasts, snacks and quality dinnertime meals to families with young children in the Winneconne Community School District.

WAAC Vice President Becky LaDue says the program will serve about 35 percent of the food pantry's clients, or about 25 families.

"Over the summer, we were making some major expenditures on food for families with young children, in particular, due to lack of school breakfast and lunch opportunities in June, July and August," she says.

That need gave birth to the idea that additional outreach for those families might have a far-reaching effect on the children's well-being.

WAAC volunteer Amy Struensee, an aide in the school district and former preschool administrator, is a key resource for developing the program, LaDue says. "(She) will be helping us to identify students who may be in need of additional, non-school offered nutritional support, potentially including a weekend backpack program," she says.

The Winneconne Area Community Foundation received $10,500 in requests for funding from its unrestricted and basic needs competitive grant programs. With $3,300 available to distribute, the grant to WAAC was one of four awarded this year.

"The Foundation is pleased that our grants are supporting programs that have a strong benefit to the community," says Kate Pfaendtner, president of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

"One of the things we are also trying to do is help our local organizations leverage their resources. We are fortunate that we have a generous community with people who want to make a difference."

The following programs also received grant support:

Clarity Care
Help At Home Program
This grant will support a portion of the cost of care for low-income residents in the Winneconne area who are enrolled in the Help At Home program. The program provides supportive home care for older adults and disabled individuals, including assistance with grocery shopping, preparing meals, keeping an orderly home and other tasks that can threaten their health, safety and independence.

Community for Hope
Suicide Prevention & Intervention Training - Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
This grant will support four community members to attend QPR Gatekeeper training. Participants will learn how to recognize the symptoms and warning signs of suicide and take action to prevent it.

Miriam B White Foundation
Financial Assistance Program
This grant will provide direct financial support for basic needs to breast cancer patients in the Winneconne area. This support will help patients focus on healing by reducing the stress of unpaid rent/mortgage and utility bills, the cost of gasoline to get to doctor appointments, and the cost of food.

Charitable organizations that serve residents of the Winneconne Community School District, which includes the village of Winneconne and towns of Larsen, Winchester, Poygan and Butte des Morts, were invited to apply for funding.

The Foundation serves the residents of Winneconne and the surrounding area as a charitable giving partner, with the mission of attracting and distributing funds to nonprofit organizations in efforts that enhance the quality of life.

Donors can make a lasting gift to the community while enjoying maximum tax benefits from the Foundation's affiliation with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Supporting the Foundation is easy. Simply mail a check written out to the Foundation to:

Winneconne Area Community Foundation
P.O Box 476
Winneconne, WI 54986-0476

Or, call the Foundation at 920-426-3993 for help making your donation.

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