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County donates new cargo van to local food recovery project

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By Chris Brockel
Healthy Food For All

Healthy Food for All (HFFA) has a new van. The cargo van was donated by the Dane County Board of Supervisors to provide HFFA with a reliable vehicle to transport food recovered from local farms and businesses to FEED Kitchens for processing, and then to local food pantries, apartment complexes and other community groups. With a carrying capacity nearing two tons, the van will more than double the amount of food that HFFA can transport in one trip.

The donation of the van has relieved pressure on a major pinch point in the local food system: logistics and transportation. This is a serious commitment to food waste reduction and feeding families with locally available foods. HFFA, the Northside Planning Council’s food recovery project, has proven with their model that there is all kinds of good food — produced and prepared — that too often goes unused in Dane County. To recover and redistribute it, however, requires an infrastructure that can collect, transform and deliver it. Something as simple as a new van goes a long way toward building that infrastructure.

“Thank you to County Executive Joe Parisi, the Dane County Board of Supervisors and the Dane County Food Council for recognizing this and providing us with the tool to be successful. We will not disappoint,” said HFFA Coordinator Chris Brockel.

“With the new van comes greater responsibility to the community that has invested in us. In our three years of operation we have now collected and delivered over 300,000 pounds of local food that may have been headed for the landfill. We can do more but we need support to keep the van on the road and fulfilling its intended role. Please match Dane County’s investment and make a donation to Healthy Food for All to support the collection and movement of good food to families in need.”

Donations can be made at hffadane.org/donate, dropped off at FEED Kitchens, or mailed to the Northside Planning Council at FEED Kitchens, 1219 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI 53704.

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