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City announces recipients of healthy-food grants

Published On: Mar 04 2014 07:13:39 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 04 2014 07:13:50 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. -

The City of Madison Food Policy Council has named ten recipients for their inaugural SEED Grants. The small grants are designed to support newly emerging projects that support access to healthy food in the Madison community.

The 10 recipients responded to the Food Policy Council request to address one of the short-term programs, policies or actions outlined in the Healthy Food for All Children 10-year Plan. The plan was created by the United Way of Dane County, the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin and the Goodman Foundation.

“I really appreciate the work of members of the Food Policy Council who had the challenging job of making difficult decisions from twenty-six excellent proposals,” Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. “I would also like to thank all of the applicants and recipients for their commitment to increasing access to healthy, affordable food.

The city of Madison 2014 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be given out by the Madison Food Policy Council. Twenty-six proposals were submitted for a total funding request of $181,464.50. All proposals were evaluated by the Funding Working Group of the Madison Food Policy Council.

“We are excited to fund these proposals for 2014, but it is important to note that over $121,000 in new or existing programming will go unfunded,” the Mayor continued. “This raises the larger question of how we can partner will other community stakeholders to deliver funds to these important initiatives.”

2014 SEED Grant Recipients

  • Madison Public Library Foundation, Inc., “Good Snack Club”: up to $6,750 to create a new pilot program for after-school youth in the Meadowood neighborhood to provide nutritious snack options at the library and neighborhood center.
  • REAP Food Group, Inc., “Improving School Access to Fresh Produce via Salad Bars”: up to $7,200 to purchase and install refrigeration equipment at two elementary schools, Lincoln and Orchard Elementary, to implement daily salad bars as a part of the school lunch program.
  • Bayview Foundation, Inc., “Brittingham Farmers’ Market: up to $6,250 to establish a farmers’ market at Brittingham Park through staffing for market coordination, promotion of the event, and basic supplies for the market.
  • Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Inc., “Vera Court Community Garden”: up to $5,900 to establish a community garden in the Vera Court community, directly behind Mendota Elementary School. Most funds will go towards the build out of raised garden beds.
  • Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens, Inc., “Improve Food Handling Flexcon Totes”: up to $1,225 for the purchase of flexcon totes to improve transportation and handling of produce from pantry gardens to food pantries.
  • FairShare CSA Coalition Inc., “Partnership pilot program to increase low-income household CSA membership”: up to $1,900 to provide printing, translation, and presenter assistance to go towards the establishment of a pilot program to increase CSA membership among low-income households.
  • Center for Non-Profits, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Board of Regents for University of Wisconsin System, “Slow Food Odyssey for Growing Community Power in South Madison”: up to $3,291 for the establishment of three fall “Odyssey” dinners and outreach at said dinners to increase participation in the Growing Power farmers’ market basket program.
  • Akira Toki Middle School, Madison Metropolitan School District, “Growing a Healthy Meadowood Community (Learning to Grow & Growing to Learn): up to $5,092 to expand the school garden, purchase supplies, support curriculum development, and support publicity of the programming.
  • Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Community Center Inc., “Healthful Access Program”: up to $5,092 to expand food pantry hours, add child care services, and provide cooking demos at the Goodman Community Center.
  • Spring Rose Growers Cooperative, “Cooperative Harvest for Healthy Communities”: up to $7,300 to establish a pilot “vegetable voucher” program at two satellite public health clinics. The two sites, East Washington Avenue and South Park Street, WIC clients will be able pick up their benefit checks and additionally receive vouchers for purchase of seasonal vegetables at the sites through the weekly delivery from the cooperative.
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