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FEED To Go helps keep residents Safer At Home

Monday, April 27 — Press Release

More than 8,000 meals have been cooked, cooled, packaged, labeled and delivered to local community centers to distribute since March 19. Thanks to $20,000 from Madison Community Foundation and $25,000 from the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency & Recovery Fund via United Way, FEED To Go is prepared to continue distributing up to 600 free meals every weekday as the Safer At Home Order is extended.

FEED Kitchens, a local food business incubator operated by the Northside Planning Council (NPC), is serving as the site for meal preparation and packaging.  “Although the numbers focus on meals delivered and funds donated, FEED To Go is about supporting our community. We know that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and we’re here to help people be able to stay safer at home. We’re grateful for the contributions that will allow us to continue getting local food to families during the COVID-19 outbreak while helping our entrepreneurs at FEED stay in business,” said NPC Executive Director Abha Thakkar.

Every weekday, FEED To Go delivers meals to the Boys and Girls Club Taft and Allied locations, Packer Townhouses and Northport Apartments, Kennedy Heights, Vera Court, Bayview, Oak Park Terrace and Ridgecrest neighborhoods.  Additional sites will be added, made possible by the new funds.

El Wiscorican (Luis Carmona), Melly Mel’s (Carmell Jackson), Cafe Costa Rica (Thony Clarke) and Jolly Frog (Rene Perez) prepare the meals at FEED Kitchens. FEED To Go compensates the food cart and catering businesses, who might otherwise be closed, for preparing the meals. Other businesses will be invited to participate as the program evolves.

This project is possible thanks to the support of many volunteers who deliver coolers of prepared meals to the various community sites to distribute while practicing safe social distancing measures. 

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 community centers and to distribute them to families. We will not be using volunteers for meal preparation 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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