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Community support grows FEED To Go

Friday, April 3 — Press Release

Every afternoon for the last two weeks, a line of cars queue at the side door of FEED Kitchens. Volunteer drivers pop their trunks as kitchen staff wearing gloves and masks carry out coolers filled with prepackaged meals and load them into the back of the cars. A cooler goes in. The trunk is closed. The driver heads out to a Madison area community center. The next car in the queue pulls forward. 

FEED To Go is now delivering 340 meals to seven community centers each weekday thanks to funding awards from the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin, as well as a new partnership with Bayview Foundation. 

With schools and workplaces closing to reduce community spread of COVID-19, many families have been left scrambling to find a way to pay the bills and put food on the table. The Northside Planning Council (NPC) and FEED Kitchens launched FEED To Go March 24 as a way to get free meals to families while keeping local businesses running. 

The Boys & Girls Club on Taft Street was FEED To Go’s first drop-off site. Now, seven community centers are receiving deliveries and distributing food to neighborhood residents: The Boys and Girls Club locations on Taft Street and in Sun Prairie, Kennedy Heights Community Center, Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Northport and Packer Community Learning Centers and Bayview. Additional community center sites and partnering businesses may be added as funding is available.

El Wiscorican (Luis Carmona), Melly Mel’s (Carmell Jackson) and Cafe Costa Rica (Thony Clarke) are preparing the meals at FEED Kitchens. FEED To Go compensates the food cart and catering businesses, who might otherwise be closed, for preparing the meals. So far, many of the meals have been prepared with donated food collected by Healthy Food For All, a food rescue program run by NPC, from restaurants, event centers and other producers forced to shutter.

Another partnership formed to procure masks to reduce exposure for FEED To Go customers and volunteers without depleting already low supplies for healthcare workers. Darlene Shell of former Northside business Altered States Alterations came out of retirement to sew cloth masks with funds for the masks donated by Dave and Don Bruns, owners of the Northside TownCenter.

Support FEED To Go:

  • Cash donations at northsideplanningcouncil.org/donate make it possible to add new community sites for food drop-offs.
  • Contact covid19@northsidemadison.org to donate bulk ingredients for meal preparation.
  • Volunteers are needed to pick up meals at FEED Kitchens, drop them off at Dane County community centers and to distribute them to families. We will not be using volunteers for meal preparation and packaging in order to ensure food safety and minimize community spread. Contact covid19@northsidemadison.org if you are an insured driver with a vehicle and would like to volunteer.

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