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Kickoff ShowcaseSummer Food Program Addresses Food Insecurity in Community

In a Capital Times article, REAP is recognized as a catalyst for change in the Madison Metropolitan School District's lunch program. 

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CapTimesArticleA New Recipe for School Lunch: Madison's Public Schools are Changing What and How Kids Eat

In a Capital Times article, REAP is recognized as a catalyst for change in the Madison Metropolitan School District's lunch program. 

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Cover webREAP Food Group Receives $203,500 USDA Grant for Farm Fresh Atlas Project

REAP is the recipient of a three-year USDA grant to expand and increase the effectiveness of the Farm Fresh Atlases in Wisconsin, including the development of a statewide searchable online database and a statewide marketing campaign promoting local food purchasing.

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BannerLogo smallOne of REAP's Buy Fresh Buy Local Partners Awarded 2016 Chef of the Year!

Madison Magazine selected Salvatore's Tomato Pies owner and chef Patrick DePula because of his commitment to local purchasing and his dedication to making healthy, great tasting food available to the whole community.

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CIC 3REAP is Improving the Local Food Scene One Kohlrabi Stick and One Plate at a Time

For over 19 years, or nearly five presidential terms, REAP has worked to improve the local food system. Many people know REAP for community events like Burgers & Brew and Pie Palooza, but how has REAP improved the local food landscape and what is next?

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Summer16 enewsREAP Brings Local, Healthy Foods to Elver Park

Every year, Madison Metropolitan School District's summer meal program serves children at 50+ sites throughout the Madison area. In 2016, REAP partnered with Madison Parks, City of Madison, and the Public Health Department to serve summer meals to children and adults at Elver Park. Summer meal sites are crucial to decreasing food insecurity during summer months, especially considering over 50 percent of Madison students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

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FFF showcaseSpring 2016 REAP Reporter

The Spring newsletter is online and in mailboxes. Read about: Family Food Fest, Burgers & Brew, the Farm Fresh Atlas, Restaurant Rewards and the Where the Locavores Go Coupon Book.

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Web Showcase finalREAP and Community Partners Host Fed Up Screening

REAP co-hosted a screening and panel at the Madison Central Public Library on May 11. Katie Couric and Laurie David's documentary explores the role of sugar in the American diet and encourages people to take a 7-day sugar-free diet.

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80YPWeek ErinLenorePhotography webYoung Professionals Network at Connect Socially, Eat Locally

Connect Madison and REAP hosted a fun event centered around local food and breweries at the Madison Children's Museum in April 2016.

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JackandAliThe Big Share Raised $2,225 for REAP!

Thank you to everyone who donated to The Big Share on March 1! Our Day in the Life of a Farm to School Kid was Successful.. 

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IMG 6451 final showcaseWinter REAP Reporter

The Fall newsletter is online and in mailboxes. Read about: Stories from the Field, Farm Fresh Atlas Applications, and REAP's 2016 Events. . 

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October NFTS month logoFall REAP Reporter

The Fall newsletter is online and in mailboxes. Read about: The Benefits of Farm to School, Two New REAP Staff Members, plus the Restaurant Rewards recipients. 

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BB15 01Burgers & Brew was a blast!

Burgers and Brew was a fun, delicious celebration of local food and drink. Relive the day with the photos and menu on the Burgers & Brew page

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may2015 coverSpring REAP Reporter

Our spring newsletter is online and in mailboxes! Check it out for coverage of Family Food Fest, stories from this year's Burgers & Brew, news of our latest school garden bar installation, details about our fun food cart collaboration this summer, and more!

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Seeking AmeriCorps Farm to School Educators - July 2015

NOTE: POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED REAP Food Group is seeking candidates to fill four half time AmeriCorps positions with the REAP Farm to School program. This is a one-year appointment with a 900 hour commitment (average 20 hours/wk). Members will work with elementary, middle, and high school students; as well as teachers, farmers, food service personnel, parents, and a wide range of community partners on Farm to School program implementation within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD).

Family Food Fest thank you! - May 2015

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first-ever Family Food Fest on May 17 a huge success! Delicious food carts, fun hands-on activities, active games, and more - it was a blast! Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, participants, and attendees! 

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REAP summer internships - May 2015

NOTE: POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED Work with REAP this summer! We're hiring Development and Event Planning Interns through the summer. Get hands-on experience working with a non-profit organization to promote local, sustainable food across Southern Wisconsin! 

Images from Connect Socially, Eat Locally - April 2015

We're pleased to say that our event for YPweek 2015 was a big success! Thanks to all sponsors and vendors who made it a fun, delicious night full of local food and drink. 

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Localcarrots-F2SOver 2,000 pounds of local veggies in lunchrooms - March 2015

REAP Food Group and Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) are celebrating a major accomplishment in sourcing fresh, healthy, locally grown produce in public school meal service. In the last week of February and first week of March, over 2,100 pounds of locally grown carrots and kohlrabi landed in the cafeterias of nearly every MMSD elementary, middle, and high school.

On February 25 and March 2, students enjoyed over 1,300 combined pounds of local carrots grown by Growing Power, a non-profit urban agriculture organization based in Milwaukee. On February 26 and March 3, students ate nearly 1,000 pounds of local kohlrabi, grown by Mammoth Produce in Randolph, WI. Both kohlrabi and carrots were grown within 70 miles of Madison.

Winter months are some of the most difficult to source local produce for use in schools, but an innovative relationship between REAP, MMSD, Mammoth Produce, Growing Power, and the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen made this exciting effort possible. The Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point is a commercial kitchen owned and operated by Hodan Community Services, a program supporting people with disabilities. This is their first time processing produce for direct purchase by MMSD, and the establishment of this path from producer to processor to school district is a major milestone in Madison’s Farm to School program.

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YPevent eblastA delicious Young Professionals Week event - April 2015

REAP is collaborating with CONNECT Madison to host a delicious event for ypWeek! Come together with other young professionals to enjoy creative small plates from some of Madison's best restaurants and a selection of local brews - all with a beautiful view of the Capitol!

Friday, April 17
6-9 p.m. - $20/person
Boardman and Clark Terrace

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TY video stillBig Share THANK YOU! - March 2015

Thanks to the generosity of our community, REAP raised over $2,400 during The Big Share on March 3. This amazing day of coordinated giving across Madison raised over $200,000 for 70 organizations working hard to make Madison a healthy, strong, sustainable community. Thank you for your support!

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TY video stillFREE Food Chains film screening - March 2015

Together with REAP and Centro Hispano, the City of Madison is hosting a free screening of the important film "Food Chains," an exploration of the important intersection between food production and social justice. The film follows a group of tomato pickers as they battle for higher wages and better working conditions.

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CIC 10Chef in the Classroom cultivates young cooks - February 2015

Our Chef in the Classroom program, bringing local chefs into middle and high school classrooms, was recently covered by Madison Magazine. The story describes the impact these classes have on young eaters and how these class sessions utilize local products.

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BB2014 33Local foods producer-buyer happy hours

REAP is hosting a casual happy hours for producers and buyers to discuss local food! All buyers and producers interested in local food are welcome to join us for this opportunity to network and discuss issues of local food. We're hoping to make these happy hours an ongoing monthly event.

NEXT HAPPY HOUR DETAILS COMING SOON!

Pie Palooza as community-builder - October 2015

Wisconsin State Journal covers Pie Palooza and interviews two REAP partners and pie donors - Humble. Pies and Fresco - about why they source locally. 

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Want to get involved? REAP is looking for interns! - November 2014

NOTE: POSITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED REAP is seeking two interns for the Farm Fresh Atlas and Buy Fresh Buy Local programs.

Design Like Mad for Farm to School - October 2014

Design Like Mad logo

Our Farm to School participated in the most recent Design Like Mad "design marathon" to create a logo and other graphic materials for our Farm to School partnership with Madison Metropolitan School District! REAP was paired with a team of talented graphic designers to brainstorm ideas and produce content that we'll be using to promote Farm to School in Madison and beyond. Stay tuned for our great new graphics!

lunchNational Farm to School Month - October 2014

Farm to School and Madison Metrpolitan School District are celebrating National Farm to School Month with local food featured in school cafeterias. Meals this month will feature locally grown potatoes, sweet potatoes, edamame, apples, and other items, putting healthy Wisconson products on trays around the city. 

Kristy trophyCongrats Chef Kristy from Marigold! - Sept. 2014

Chef Kristy Schwinn from Marigold Kitchen was the champion of the 2014 Chef Showdown! Her vegetable panzanella with sunny-side up eggs and horseradish-caraway hollandaise sauce was crowned this year's winner. Chef Joey Dunscombe from Weary Traveler Freehouse and Chef Gilbert Altschul from Grampa's Pizzeria were tough competition, but Chef Kristy won the trophy (with her parents in the front row!)

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Cento culinaryclash 10-13Clash of the Chefs - Oct. 2014

Buy Fresh Buy Local partner Cento is hosting an innovative Local Harvest fundraiser for REAP! Chefs and bartenders from beloved Madison restaurants will face off to create a fun, delicious evening featuring local ingredients. 

FFT showcaseJoin the action at Food for Thought! - Sept. 2014

We're looking for volunteers to help us with a variety of tasks at the 16th Annual Food for Thought Festival. From helping kids with food-related activities at the Kids Tent to greeting visitors and collecting orders at the Food Plaza, there are plenty of options for helping! 

SEE DETAILS ON THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT PAGE >>

REAP seeks Farm to Business Program Director - August 2014

NOTE: POSITION IS NOW CLOSED REAP Food Group is looking for a full-time Farm to Business Program Director. This position is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating REAP's work to connect local farms with restaurants, institutional food buyers, and local food businesses. 

BB2014 33Local foods producer-buyer happy hours - August 2014

REAP is hosting a casual happy hours for producers and buyers to discuss local food! All buyers and producers interested in local food are welcome to join us for this opportunity to network and discuss issues of local food. We're hoping to make these happy hours an ongoing monthly event.

SummerF2SSummer Farm to School - June 2014

For the first time ever, REAP Farm to School is busy incorporating fresh, local produce into Madison's summer meal program for kids! Each week there are one or two local vegetables in their eight-week program, including sugar snap peas, radishes, kohlrabi, summer squash, and green beans. REAP staff and volunteers are on-hand, engaging students and sharing fun facts. 

BB2014 53Burgers & Brew recap - June 2014

REAP's 7th Annual Burgers & Brew was awesome! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a fun celebration of local food. We absolutely loved seeing the relationships between chefs, brewers, and producers in action! See photos from the event and a link to the menu here.

Go grocery shoping for REAP! - June 2014

Love shoping at Metcalfe's Market and Willy Street Co-op? Aside from being our Buy Fresh Buy Local retail partners, they also give back to REAP! Throughout the month of June, bring your reusable bags to Metcalfe's and ask that your bag refunds be donated to REAP Farm to School. And through the entire year, say "yes" when your Willy Street Co-op cashier asks if you want to CHIP, and know that your money goes directly to Madison-area non-profits (including REAP!) who are members of Community Shares of Wisconsin.

AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist positions - May 2014

REAP Food Group is seeking candidates to fill four 50% time AmeriCorps positions with the REAP Farm to School program. These positions are a vital part of REAP's Farm to School efforts - preparing and teaching classroom lessons, coordinating with teachers and other school officials, working directly with students of all ages, and assisting with REAP's snack distribution, Chef in the Classroom, holiday fundraiser, and other Farm to School programs.
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REAP seeks Development Director - May 2014

NOTE: POSITION IS NOW CLOSED REAP Food Group is looking for a full-time Development Director. The Development Director will take the lead to develop and implement REAP’s fundraising efforts, including donor development, donor and membership appeals, grant writing, and event sponsorship and ticket sales.

SG 01Spring Gala thank you - April 2014

REAP's 2014 Spring Gala was a huge success. Thank you to all of the chefs, restaurants, donors, partners, and other people who helped make this event a beautiful celebration of local produce and of the hard work our Buy Fresh Buy Local chefs put into sourcing locally grown ingredients. See photos from the event here and profiles of the chefs and their 2014 menus here.

HT happyhourHeritage Happy Hour Benefiting REAP - April 2014

Stop by Buy Fresh Buy Local partner restaurant Heritage Tavern for happy hour during April and take advantage of delicious food and drink specials that benefit REAP! Monday-Friday, 4-5:30 p.m.

lisa spinachRestaurant Rewards Program - March 2014

REAP's new Restaurant Rewards program provides financial incentives for restaurants serving and marketing Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables. Funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, this program aims to increase the amount of local produce used in restaurants and to create new relationships between chefs and producers. See more information at the Restaurant Rewards page.

Helping kids make healthy choices - March 2014

This spring, REAP's Farm to School team is working with Madison Metropolitan School District to make healthy changes in lunchrooms. In March and April, REAP staff will be holding trainings and conversations with food services and other important school staff to talk about creative, effective changes that can be made in cafeterias - from rearranging the food available to creating new signage and other opportunities for change. Research shows that even little changes can help kids make better choices, and REAP staff is here to help! 

lunchSEED grant for school salad bars - March 2014

Working closely with Madison Metropolitan School District, REAP Farm to School has received one of the City of Madison's inaugural SEED grants, supporting innovative new projects and programs that support increasing access to healthy food in Madison. This grant will be used to support new salad bars at Lincoln and Orchard Ridge schools, including the installation of on-site refrigeration and other necessary infrastructure. These two salad bars will serve over 800 students. 

REAP is among an impressive list of community programs that received a SEED grant. See more information about the grants and the list of recipients in the City's press release, available online