The Dane County Food Coalition will meet on Tuesday, June 12th from 8 – 10 am at the Goodman Community Center.
This meeting will serve as the kick off for the Healthy Food for All project. It will be an opportunity to continue to develop a common vision for the Dane County food system and build our professional networks. Please see the note below from Chris Brockel for more information.
Healthy Food for All
With funding from the Goodman Foundation, Community Action Coalition is working in conjunction with United Way on a project to create a 10-year plan for increasing access to healthy food for low income households, with a special emphasis on children, in Madison and Dane County. We have assembled a steering committee of folks currently working in the local food system and have put together a year long work plan to look at different aspects of the food system as it relates to accessibility for low income households. Those aspects include: production, transformation/aggregation (processing/packaging), distribution, access (Food Pantries, FoodShare, WIC, Farmer’s Markets, Farm to School), and consumption (nutrition information, preparation, preservation). For each of these aspects we plan to hold a community meeting to convene interested parties in helping to describe the current system, identify successes, identify gaps and needed supports, and recommend action steps. While all these meetings will be open we are planning one meeting specifically to step back from these aspects and listen to the Voice of the Community.
Through these meetings, and our work outside these meetings, we hope to measurably improve collaboration between organizations working on issues of healthy food access, map the current food system as it relates to low income access, identify strengths and weaknesses in the system, create a vision for the future of the system, and create measurable goals and outcomes to achieve that vision.
It is with great appreciation that the Dane County Food Coalition has agreed to allow their next meeting to be the kick-off meeting for this project. At this meeting we will present our work plan for the year and describe the process we will use to get us to a final product. We will also be introducing our asset mapping survey. There will be plenty of opportunity for your input and involvement both at this meeting and throughout the year. As we go through this process we will need your program expertise, your ability to identify relevant research and data, and your eyes and ears to serve as watchdogs over our process to be sure we are as inclusive and encompassing as we can be without bogging ourselves down.
Chris Brockel, Food and Gardens Division Manager
Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc.
608/246-4730 ext 206