E. Reports to Committee
Work Group Reports
- Food Access, Relief & Economic Support
- Food Plan – CATON CAMPBELL
USDA Regional Food System Partnership grant application is open; due May 2. REAP
Food Group is planning to be the lead applicant.
Sift Consulting will present about the Dane County Pandemic Food System Study at the
DCFC meeting on Weds, March 22, 5:30 pm (hybrid format – option to attend either via
zoom or in-person (5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI, 53704 – Drumlin Room).
- Regional Agriculture & Food Sovereignty – TESCH
Documented a story about McPike Park food garden space planning for Farmland
Preservation Task Force.
Currently supporting and assisting the City of Madison Farmland Preservation Task
- City of Madison
- Public Health Madison & Dane County – Nick Heckman via Guffey Calkins
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments will be
coming to an end in February. All SNAP (FoodShare in Wisconsin) recipients have been
receiving additional funds on their EBT card since the beginning of the COVID-19
pandemic, with everyone receiving at least the maximum benefit for their household size
and the households with the least resources receiving an additional $95/month. Beginning
in March, households will return to their pre-pandemic benefit levels, which could be a
change of hundreds of dollars per month for some families. Emergency food providers
are bracing for a potential surge in demand.
- Dane County/Extension – Guffey Calkins
Dane County Executive announced recipients of $2 million in local emergency food pantry
Upcoming food systems educational events on the UW-Madison Extension Dane County
Ecosystem Development) virtual Spring 2023 Workshop Series: Tips for Food and Farm
Business Success – dates are Thurs, March 9 evening, and then Mondays March
13-April 24. March 20 will feature Chris Brockel of FEED Kitchens and Thony Clarke of
Café Costa Rica and Mango Man Salsa. There will also be a Green Thumb Gardening
Spring class series in March-April.
Regular Business Reports
- Double Dollars – Guffey Calkins
- Community Gardens
- Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future - Community of Learning Practice –
TESCH has taken on this role from THAKKAR; attended meeting last week.