Learn more about the innovative work these organizations are doing to build a more equitable food system
City of Madison - Food Policy Council
The Madison Food Policy Council’s mission is to drive policies, programs, and collaborative resources that support the development of a sustainable local and regional food system that supports equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate food, nutrition education, and economic opportunity.
Community Groundworks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthful eating and to care for natural areas. Organized in Madison, Wisconsin in 2001 as The Friends of Troy Gardens, Community Groundworks serves diverse communities and schools across the region.
An avid herb specialist in culinary and tea herbs, Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n’ Gardener and former president of The Madison Herb Society takes her herbal passion to the extreme. An urban gardener, her Madison backyard garden sports more than 60 varieties and thousands of herbs that she’s incorporated into a teapot shaped garden and specialized culinary garden spaces. Lauri and her garden were featured in 2005 on Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Gardener and has been a frequent speaker for Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison College, Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo, Madison Gardeners and garden clubs around the region. From classes on herb garden planning and design, beginner to advanced courses on growing and using culinary and tea herbs, her other projects have included the Governor’s Mansion herb garden, Olbrich Gardens docent, Allen Centennial herb garden, FEED Kitchens herb garden, herb cookbook co-author, regional herb garden bus tours as well as herb, garden and culinary trips to Tuscany, Italy and Provence, France.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Kiva does this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world.
The Midwest Environmental Justice Organization is a grassroots, citizen-based group that educates the community about environmental justice issues, facilitates the community’s ability to address these issues, and supports environmental justice for the benefit of the general public. Environmental pollution affects everyone, but has disproportionate impacts on the poor and minorities, which are not being addressed by our institutions or our community as a whole. MEJO aims to change this.
The River Food Pantry is Dane County’s busiest food pantry, offering free groceries, meals, mobile lunches and clothing to anyone who comes for help. More than just meals, The River provides a warm and welcoming family atmosphere where everyone is treated with respect, encouraged to find the support they need, and given the opportunity to share what they can with others.
Since its founding in 1964, SCORE has educated more than 11 million established and aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, 10,000+ expert volunteers provide business mentoring and education in 300 communities nationwide, empowering local business owners, boosting regional economies and growing the larger American economy.
Slow Food Madison is the chapter of the international Slow Food organization that serves Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding region. Slow Food Madison is entirely volunteer driven, by passionate people like you. Together, we produce events, field trips, tastings, workshops, classes, and other celebrations to teach one another and share in the pleasure of Good, Clean, and Fair Food.