WISCAP Receives Grant to Help Food Pantries Assess Nutritional Quality

January 14, 2013 – Madison, WI – WISCAP, in partnership with UW-Extension, has been awarded a 24-month, $50,000 development grant to improve access to adequate, appropriate, safe and nutritious food for low-income Wisconsinites who utilize food pantries. The objective of the development grant is to develop and implement a self-assessment toolkit that food pantries can use to evaluate the nutritional quality and safety of their inventory. The grant will also identify strategies to better apply food safety and dietary guidelines in the procurement of food and distribution policies that ensure those using the pantries receive healthy food packages.

WISCAP currently supervises the food ordering and reporting on 10 million pounds of product for a network of 330 food pantries, meal sites and shelters throughout Wisconsin. Project activities will go through three Community Action Agencies: Central Wisconsin CAC, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin and Racine/Kenosha CAA. UW-Extension County SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) educators, as well as six food pantries and their recipients in south central Wisconsin, will also help develop the toolkit.

Funding is being provided by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

For more information, contact Jonathan Bader, WISCAP’s Programs Director, at jbader@wiscap.org.

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