Madison Food Policy Council Launches 2018 SEED Grants Application

Potential applicants from the Madison community gathered at Meadowridge Library last Wednesday for an information session discussing the 2018 SEED grant application. For the fifth year, the Madison Food Policy Council will distribute $50,000 in grant funds to support projects that increase healthy food access for City of Madison residents. Proposals from organizations, groups or agencies devoted to improving the local food system will be considered, and the maximum of any one grant will be limited to $10,000. “Over the past four years this grant has been funded, there have been 39 grants funded with $200,000 total,” Food Policy Coordinator George Reistad said. The information session was well-attended, garnering nearly a dozen potential applicants from organizations like Community Groundworks, Independent Living, Inc., East Madison Community Center and Slow Food UW.

Media Digest February 6, 2018

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The county is looking to keep the population of incarcerated people low. Education

Students and employees of Madison College have reported an increased number of sexual harassment cases. School children completed 10,000 acts of kindness this week. East High students will talk about human rights in week of activities. Development

University Research Park is growing and adding more service spaces.

February Backyard Heroes

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues. Jill and Kurt Schneider, Community GroundWorks
Jill and Kurt Schneider have volunteered at Community GroundWorks, for 12 years. Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food, and is dedicated to developing, managing and stewarding Troy Gardens. In 2005 Kurt and Jill Schneider formed a volunteer group to manage Troy Community Garden, an organic farm, and restored prairie and woodlands, and became coordinator and equipment manager, respectively.

Hmong language learning program helps students find their voice

For 11-year-old Ani Xiong, it has not always been easy communicating with her mother at home. Xiong’s parents immigrated to the United States from Laos with no knowledge of English. They sought a better life in the U.S. so that Ani and her siblings could have more opportunities and become the first generation of college students in her family. For a long time, however, Xiong could only respond to her mother’s Hmong with English. They frequently used hand gestures or items when she couldn’t understand her.

The Bus Stops Here: Vote for Public Transit in Dane County’s 2018 Board Race

Bus riders and friends have good reason to vote their interest in public transit in the upcoming Spring 2018 County Board elections. Public transit is a basic pocketbook issue with environmental and social significance. After the cost of housing itself, transportation can be an average household’s second largest expense. That is on average. Madison Area Bus Advocates does not endorse political candidates but can provide transit-related information with which to evaluate political candidates, and it can encourage people to vote.