About the Project

2_AboutThe Safe & Healthy Food Pantries Project was developed under a community-academic partnership between Wisconsin Community Action Program (WISCAP) and University of Wisconsin-Extension in 2013-2015. Funding for this project was originally provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

The goal of the Safe & Healthy Food Pantries Project is to improve access to and availability of adequate, appropriate, safe & nutritious food for low-income people who utilize food pantries. This goal is accomplished through the development of a guide for coordinators and volunteers of client choice food pantries to make improvements in the food pantry environment. This guide was informed by information captured through surveys and focus groups of food pantry clients, staff, and volunteers of six pantries in Wisconsin and is complemented by research-informed recommendations and best practices for improving the food environment.

Authors


Amber Canto, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Barb Ingham, University of Wisconsin-Madison & University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Sarah Larson, graduate student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contributors


Jonathan Bader, Wisconsin Community Action Program Association
Karen Early, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Mary Kay Warner, Sandhill Studio LLC, graphic design
Kevin Murphy, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, website construction
Central Wisconsin Community Action Coalition
Adams County Food Pantry
Wisconsin Dells Food Pantry
Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
Love Inc.
Shalom Center
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Madison
McFarland Food Pantry

Reviewers


Gina Wilson, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin
Gayle Coleman, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Bev Baker, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Leah Fuehrer, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Theresa Wimann, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Deb Neubauer, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Patti Herman, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Kelli Stader, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Amy Korth, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Beth Olson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Jan Skell, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Mary Lestrud, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension

Initial Funding


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Wisconsin Partnership Program