FEED Kitchens Project Receives Grant from Madison Community Foundation

Northside News
June/July 2011

The Northside Planning Council’s (NPC) Food Enterprise & Economic Development (FEED) Kitchens project has received another grant to put toward building the community’s food business incubator on Madison’s Northside. The Madison Community Foundation (MCF) fully granted NPC’s requested amount of $55,000.

Tom Linfield, MCF Vice President of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives stated, “This is an exciting community effort. We are happy we could support the project and look forward to seeing it built.” The money will help build the training and community kitchen, where the Madison Urban Ministry will train their clients in bakery and food service skills. This kitchen space will also be available for community groups to use and prepare food for sale to the public for fundraising purposes, and for groups wishing to do cooking and canning together.

Scott Heinig, NPC Executive Director, praised the team for their accomplishments, “Ellen Barnard and the volunteer members of the FEED Kitchens team have worked so hard to bring this dream to reality. They are an incredible group of community leaders and visionaries. Gaining the support of the Madison Community Foundation is a successful endeavor for which they should be very proud.” The MCF grant moves NPC’s FEED Kitchens project closer to achieving its capital campaign goal, and leaders are optimistic they will begin breaking ground on the project in Fall of this year.

FEED Kitchens is seeking more volunteers to help with events and fundraising requests, as well as potential users interested in starting a food business or participating in business training and planning classes to be offered by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). If interested, please contact Ellen Barnard at ellenb@feedmadison.com, or call 608-576-3734.

Plan to attend the next FEED Kitchens event: Summer Solstice Sampler, at Capital Brewery in Middleton, June 21 from 5:30 pm to sunset. There will be a wonderful silent auction, bluegrass music by Sweetwater band, food donated from local restaurants and individuals, and of course, beer. See the FEED website for more details and to purchase tickets: www.feedkitchens.org. Please come join us!