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FY 2010 Community Reinvestment Fund Awards

Since 1992, our Community Reinvestment Fund has donated over $138,000 to support a diverse array of projects in the areas of food, nutrition, health/well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education and social change.

The Fund’s focus is local, non-profit groups with an otherwise limited access to funding. See for descriptions of the intended purposes of the awarded grant money. CRF grant recipients for FY10 year were:

Aldo Leopold Nature Center  $1,000
Academy A.L.D.O., ALNC’s on-going after-school outdoor academy for Madison’s neediest students uses the outdoors as a laboratory for physical and intellectual exercise. Tasty Treats for the Trail class will teach students how to create healthy snacks “to go” through fresh and dehydrated fruits and vegetables and give students a cookbook to take home.

ARC Community Services $1450
ARC’s outpatient programs aimed at supporting women specifically in their recover efforts.  Their Wellness Education Group meets weekly and will use this funding to create a new program titled Feeding Recovery, to encourage the use of whole foods healthy breakfast options and local produce.

Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens $2000
The East High School Youth Farm is a new project to engage a diverse population of about 100 students from Madison’s East High School, in a hands-on science and vocation program focused on sustainable agriculture and service learning.  Funds will be used to supplement the salaries of two members of the on-farm educational team.

Dane Co. TimeBank, Inc. $1000
This program was designed to bring teens together to respond to a jury of their peers rather than going through the formal juvenile court system, or the Prison Reentry project where teens are taught nonviolent communication and meditation.  DCTB will use this funding to create more outreach supplies and fund staff time and food for the participants.

Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability $1200
The Green Carts will be modeled on a new program from NYC that brings fresh produce vendors into low-income neighborhoods that are food deserts as Allied Drive is.  Funding will be used for organizers to work on and research the NYC model and work with collaborators to create a plan this will work in Madison by August 2010.

Fitchburg Fields, Inc. $1500
“Food Survival Skills for an Economic Downturn” will broaden and deepen the programming at Fitchburg Fields on organic gardening, food preservation and cooking skills to area residents.  This funding will assist in allowing lower-income students to participate by creating a scholarship fund. 

Literacy Network  $ 750
English for Healthy Families will serve up to 20 limited-English proficient parents for a 9-week class to provide a rich learning environment through group and individual activities in the kitchen, store and at home. Funds will be used to cover childcare and gift cards for students to shop for a healthy meal that they will prepare and document.

Lowell Elementary School - Lowell Home & School Assn. $1100
In order to participate in REAP’s Wisconsin Homegrown Snack Program, this partial funding will offset funds already collected from parents to bring the healthy snack program to Lowell School.

Lussier Community Education Center  $1000
To bring healthy and nutritious snacks to the center’s youth in the after school and summer camp programs which focus on growing vegetables and other agricultural projects.

Malcolm Shabazz City High School $1000
Art of Cooking, part of the Project Green Teen is a new program aimed at teaching students how to prepare healthy meals and expand their food knowledge.  The six-part series will culminate with a service project to prepare meals for students on the Vernon County trip for one week.

Marquette Lapham Parent Teacher Group, Inc. $1000
To increase garden access and learning to students, a garden coordinator will be retained by providing a stipend for the on-ground garden of this Madison school.

Red Caboose Daycare/Camp Caboose $1000
Camp Caboose, located in the Georgia O’Keeffe Middle School will use this funding to support the camp’s cooking club activities for the summer of 2010.  Campers will be involved in the planning and preparation of the Breakfast Club on Friday mornings.

Total Awards: $13,000