City announces recipients of healthy-food grants

10 programs will get portion of $50K for supporting access to healthy foods

Published On: Mar 04 2014 07:13:39 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2014 07:13:50 PM CST
Farmer's market, vegetables

The City of Madison Food Policy Council has named ten recipients for their inaugural SEED Grants. The small grants are designed to support newly emerging projects that support access to healthy food in the Madison community.

The 10 recipients responded to the Food Policy Council request to address one of the short-term programs, policies or actions outlined in the Healthy Food for All Children 10-year Plan. The plan was created by the United Way of Dane County, the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin and the Goodman Foundation.

“I really appreciate the work of members of the Food Policy Council who had the challenging job of making difficult decisions from twenty-six excellent proposals,” Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. “I would also like to thank all of the applicants and recipients for their commitment to increasing access to healthy, affordable food.

The city of Madison 2014 Budget includes $50,000 in grant funds to be given out by the Madison Food Policy Council. Twenty-six proposals were submitted for a total funding request of $181,464.50. All proposals were evaluated by the Funding Working Group of the Madison Food Policy Council.

“We are excited to fund these proposals for 2014, but it is important to note that over $121,000 in new or existing programming will go unfunded,” the Mayor continued. “This raises the larger question of how we can partner will other community stakeholders to deliver funds to these important initiatives.”

2014 SEED Grant Recipients