We are working to reduce hunger through providing community-wide access to food; enhancing the local and regional food economy; creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable regional food system; and improving the health and nutrition of the community through local, healthy food options.

Projects & Initiatives

Regional Food Systems Improvement Grant Program

Beginning in 2014, The Madison Food Policy Council will launch a regional food systems improvement grant program. The goal of the grant process is to support individuals, groups, organizations, or projects that have established a program to improve our regional food system through focus on improving food access. A working group including at least one Common Council member, three food policy council members, and the Mayor’s Office will develop the process and oversee administration.

Madison Public Market

The City of Madison is considering developing a Madison Public Market (Market). Envisioned as the anchor of a dynamic food district with a mix of food aggregation, wholesale, and retail uses, the Market could become the epicenter of our region's food system. The Market would be an indoor, year-round facility that builds on and supports the Madison area's abundant local food system and numerous innovative food businesses and organizations. The City has already devoted energy toward the vision of a Market and Mayor Soglin has charged the Madison Local Food Committee continue developing this vision.