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REAP Food Group partnered with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to conduct a needs assessment and comprehensive evaluation of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and recent improvement efforts. This final report helps identify reasons the SFSP is underutilized, challenges community participants may be experiencing that contribute to low participation rates in the SFSP, and to explore the effectiveness of REAP’s communication and program strategies. The project was made possible with funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE: Evaluation of the Madison Metropolitan School District Summer Food Program and REAP Food Group Improvement Efforts...

The Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southern Wisconsin lists farms, businesses, organizations, restaurants, and farmers' markets that sell food directly to customers. It's your link to great-tasting food grown close to home! There are three ways to access the Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southern Wisconsin: Online at farmfreshatlas.org View and/or download the print version by clicking here Find a copy of the print version at one of more than 75 sites, listed below   Find the Farm Fresh Atlas here: Ace Hardware on Willy St. Ancora Coffee Barrique's (Fitchburg) Barrique's (Middleton) Barrique's (Monroe St.) Barrique's (Park St.) Barrique's (W. Wash) Basics Food Co-op (Janesville) Bradbury's Bunky's Café Capitol Center Market Cargo Coffee (E. Wash) Cargo Coffee (S. Park St.) Colectivo (on the square) Colectivo (Monroe St.) Conscious Carnivore Crema Café Crescendo Espresso Bar & Music Café (Monroe St.) East Madison Community Center Espresso Royale EVP Coffee (E. Wash) Fair Trade Coffeehouse (State St.) Goodman Community Center Ground Zero Coffee (Willy St.) Habitat ReStore (East on Cottage Grove Rd.) Inner Fire Yoga Java Cat Jenifer Street Market Kennedy Heights Community Center Lakeside St. Coffeehouse Lazy Jane's Café Lussier Community Center Madison Senior Center Madison Sourdough Manna Cafe Marigold Kitchen Metcalfe's Market* (Hilldale) Metcalfe's Market* (West Towne) Michelangelo's Miller & Sons Grocery (Verona) Monona State Bank (Atwood) Monty's Blue Plate Mother Fools Coffeehouse Orange Tree Imports Paoli Local Foods (Paoli) Public Health (E. Wash) Public Health (Park St.) Regent Market Co-op Research Park Clinic Room of One's Own Stalzy's Deli Trillium Co-op (Mt. Horeb) Tuvalu Coffee & Tea (Verona) Underground Butcher Unitarian Society Victor Allen's Coffee (Monroe St.) Viroqua Food Co-op (Viroqua) Vom Fass Warner Park Community Center Whole Foods* Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Willy Street Co-op East* Willly Street Co-op West* Yahara River Co-op (Stoughton) UW - Ag Hall UW - Bascom Hall Information Center UW Bookstore UW - Campus Red Gym UW - Discovery Center UW - Memorial Union UW - Pyle Center UW - Science Hall UW - Union South UW - Fredrick Center YMCA of Dane County- Lussier Family East YMCA of Dane County- Lussier Family West Madison Senior Center...

MADISON, WI – Farm Fresh Atlas, which began as a regional guide, is now a statewide collaborative resource to find farm-fresh foods wherever you go in Wisconsin. The atlas makes it easy to buy directly from the farmer, farmers’ markets, retail shops and restaurants that feature farm-fresh selections. Farm Fresh Atlas was created in 2002 by REAP Food Group, a nonprofit located in Madison, Wisconsin, to promote sustainable, local food producers in southern Wisconsin. The individual atlases previously featured five regional areas of Wisconsin, in print and online portals. Now all five regions have come together under one umbrella. “Wisconsin is known for its sustainable family farms and world-class food producers and we want to celebrate that bounty. We were awarded a grant in 2016 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and promote a unified, statewide website,” said Helen Sarakinos, Executive Director for REAP Food Group. “The enhanced collaborative website (farmfreshatlas.org) is live and available for the public, farmers and restauranteurs who enjoy local food resources throughout our bountiful state. You can now find everything you need in one location.” The website currently features: 382 - Farmers & Food Producers 225 - Farmers' Markets 82 - Restaurants/restauranteurs & bakeries 52 - Retailers who sell local food 37 - Organizations that support local growers   Each listed farm and business commits to the Farm Fresh Atlas pledge to ensure they practice environmental sustainability, treat workers fairly, and sell products that are grown or produced on a family or cooperatively-owned farm. “We encourage everyone to visit the website,” continued Sarakinos. “Whether you’re a visitor to our state in search of the freshest produce, a dairy producer who wants to share your amazing products or a restauranteur who wants to connect with local producers, the Farm Fresh Atlas will help you find what you need. Our numbers are growing every day as more people discover the foods that make Wisconsin one of the most bountiful agricultural states.” Farm Fresh Atlas is a trademark of REAP Food Group, Inc., used with permission by grassroots coalitions throughout Wisconsin to produce: Farm Fresh Atlas of Eastern Wisconsin, Western Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin, Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, and Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas....

Madison.com - As the warmer, spring weather bought a much-needed reprieve to James Madison Memorial High School students this week, so did a fresh, fun option for school lunch. This week, REAP Food Group and the Madison Metropolitan School District launched Uproot by Reap, a food truck that will serve healthy, locally sourced lunch options for Madison high school students. The truck will rotate between Madison’s four comprehensive high schools Tuesday through Friday, spending one day at each campus. READ MORE ...