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NutriSource SuperStars Giving Program

SuperStars are go-getters, givers and life-changers.

Across the county, in every city and town, you’ll find SuperStars making a big difference in the lives of people and animals.

At NutriSource, we want to help these SuperStars shine bigger and brighter, so they have the resources they need to do the good they do.

'What good are we if we aren’t trying to make a difference?' — Charlie Nelson, NutriSource CEOWhenever you buy NutriSource for your pet, the benefits multiply. Because some of the proceeds from every purchase are going back into some really great, life-changing programs and initiatives in communities across the country.

Giving back is part of NutriSource’s core values

We give because we’re grateful for our success. We know we wouldn’t be successful without you. And we want to direct that into these causes.

That evolved into our SuperStars Giving Program. This lets us better showcase the good things that are happening in the world. At the same time, we want to uplift these SuperStars.

Read on to learn how NutriSource gives back with every purchase.

NutriSource Facility Dog Program

Rocket with a child in the HospitalMeet Rocket. He was the very first NutriSource Facility Dog and has been a SuperStar to everyone he meets!

After his retirement in 2021, two new friends have joined the program, Inka and Fern. These special pups spend their day visiting children getting treatment and their families.

You’ll find them with their kind handlers at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Watch this video to learn more about the impact of Rocket and now Inka and Fern.

'There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our children. The bond between pets and kids is extra special.' – Charlie Nelson, NutriSource CEO

Because these amazing dogs bring so much love and comfort to people who need it, we decided to get more SuperStars into hospitals and expand the program with more facility dogs will joining the SuperStar team soon.

Boston Children’s Hospital | Pawprints Program

NutriSource expanded its support of facility/therapy dog programs at children’s hospitals across the country by making a five-year financial commitment to the PawPrints Therapy Dog Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the top ranked children’s hospital in the country nine years in a row according to U.S. News & World Report.

The PawPrints program consists of over 20 dogs, owned by hospital volunteers. These dogs visit most inpatient units, several outpatient clinic areas, the emergency department, and other designated areas of the hospital, as well as some of the hospital’s satellite locations.

“For children in the hospital, spending time with the PawPrints dogs is often the brightest time of day,” said Miranda Day, Boston Children’s director of Family and Volunteer Services, “These furry friends comfort our patients in good times and in challenging moments.  We are grateful for the support from NutriSource for our PawPrints program here at Boston Children’s!”

Thanks to you, we’ll be making an even bigger impact on the well-being and care of those getting treatment.

NutriSource’s SuperStar Partnerships

Pinky Swear Foundation

Kids with cancer demonstrate courage, patience and resilience every day. In every sense of the word, these kids are SuperStars.

The Pinky Swear Foundation offers direct financial support to families of children battling pediatric cancer. This support helps them pay bills and other family expenses. This lets them focus on the health and recovery of the children they love.

Pinky Swear Foundation is one of the nonprofits that NutriSource brand supports with a share of our proceeds.

KLN with a $60,000 check for the Pinky Swear Foundation

Learn more about the work of Pinky Swear Foundation.

Soldier’s 6

A dog can be so much more than just a human’s best friend. For military veterans and first responders, service dogs can play a crucial role in assisting those heroes as they navigate physical and emotional challenges of the next stages of their lives. 

Soldier’s 6 mission is to provide honorably discharged veterans, police officers, and fire fighters with specially trained K-9’s. These special dogs will become their Battle Buddy and help guide them through the difficult days in life. They chose the name Soldier’s 6 because that is what a service dog has, it’s Battle Buddy’s 6 (or back).

Learn more about impact of Soldier’s 6.

Finley’s Pet Treats

NutriSource is proud to support our sister brand, Finley’s.

Finley’s is a dog treat brand that donates proceeds from each bag to organizations that help people with disabilities. Talk about SuperStar levels of giving back!

How does Finley’s Give Back:

  • Employment Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Advocacy
  • Transportation
  • Education Programs

Learn more about Finley’s and their mission.

The SuperStars right in your town!

You know and NutriSource also knows that you’ll find some of the best SuperStars right in your community.

NutriSource is always on the lookout for more opportunities to help, through donations and partnerships. We help:

We believe by joining forces, we can help others shine!

Perham, Minnesota: NutriSource’s headquarters

Relay For Life in Perham, MNAt NutriSource, Perham, Minnesota, is the SuperStar on the map because that’s the location of our headquarters.

That’s why a portion of every purchase of kibble, cans and treats is put back into the community. Giving back has always been a priority for the Nelson family and they continue to share that vision today. Parent company KLN Family Brands contributes to many organizations making a significant impact in their local community including Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Club, United Way and American Cancer Society just to name a few.

Learn more about KLN Family Brands and the Nelson family’s long and proud tradition of giving.

Are you in? Here’s how you can be a SuperStar

Did you like what you heard about the amazing programs NutriSource supports? You can join our SuperStar efforts. And it’s as easy as giving your dog a treat.

When you pick up a bag of NutriSource SuperStars Training Reward Treats at your favorite pet retailer, it’s a win-win.

  • Your dog feels rewarded after a job well done.
  • 100% of the profits go to the NutriSource SuperStars giving program.

So creating this special treat that lets you join our efforts was a no brainer to us. It’s a treat with a higher purpose.

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