Madison Parks - Winter Food Drive Jan. 30 - Feb. 6

January 27, 2011

Invest Madison Parks - Winter Food Drive
Madison Parks will partner with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin to host a Winter Food Drive Sunday, January 30 - Sunday, February 6. Donations of non-perishable foods and grocery products (personal care and cleaning items) will be accepted at all three Madison Park winter concession facilities, the Madison Park Administration Office and Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

"Thousands of people in Madison and throughout southwestern Wisconsin struggle with hunger every day," said Dan Stein, President/CEO for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. "The Madison Parks Winter Food Drive is a great way community members can help their neighbors in need put more food on the tables to sustain active, healthy lives."

"Healthy lifestyles center around the combination of a balance diet and physical activity," said Kevin Briski, Superintendent of Parks. "If community members have the energy they need, they are more apt to seek venues to play and exercise."

The idea for the Madison Parks Winter Food Drive was sparked following a recent University of Wisconsin Women's Hockey event held at Vilas Park in anticipation of the Fill the Bowl Game; (http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/012511aah.html ) on Saturday, January 29. During Fill the Bowl, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, and Becker Law Office will donate $1 to Second Harvest Foodbank for each attendee.

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In addition, the Madison Parks Winter Food Drive builds upon the tremendous success of the inaugural Play Madison Parks Outdoor Clothes Drive that helped to provide numerous families with the appropriate winter clothes for outdoor play.
"Madison has always had a strong tradition of giving, and I want to thank Madison Parks and Second Harvest Foodbank for working together with our community to collect food for those in need," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "I hope our parks users and community members will make this food drive a success."

Food Drive Drop-off Locations:
1. Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
2. Tenney Park, 1610 Sherman Ave.
3. Vilas Park, 1400 Vilas Park Dr.
Hours: (subject to ice and weather conditions)
Monday - Friday: 3-9 p.m.
Weekends/Vacation Days: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
4. Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.
Hours: (winter)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
5. Madison Park Administration Office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., #104
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact:
  • Steve Doniger, 266-4711
  • Laura Whitmore, 576-5093