Exciting Changes at the Northside Planning Council

From the April/May 2016 issue of the Northside News. NPC adopted two significant programs in March: the River Bakery Training Program — now the FEED Bakery Training Program — and Healthy Food For All. The FEED Bakery Training Program is an excellent way to learn skills in a new industry. Get a ServSafe Certificate and a Wisconsin Bakers Certificate, as well as help with job placement, all while helping to run a working production bakery. Operating the Bakery Training Program allows us to truly tailor our job training opportunities to meet the needs of our community, including the possibility of adding a culinary training program down the road. Currently, the program is available free to low-income residents, but we’re also considering making some tuition slots available for students who are interested in developing new career opportunities.  Support job training by enjoying FEED Bakery products, available at FEED and a growing number of locations all over town. Healthy Food For All (HFFA) collects locally produced food from around the region that would otherwise go to waste and repackages it for distribution to food pantries and neighborhood centers. It’s on track to process more than 100,000 pounds of food this year. HFFA gets food to the people who need it most, and we see it as an excellent way to round out the mission of the FEED Kitchens. The Northside News continues to play a critical role in all of this work as the go-to publication for many area businesses and organizations. This issue is packed — we always have to make hard choices about what to include. The Northside is...

The River Bakery is now The Feed Bakery

By The River Food Pantry Board of Directors From its inception in November 2013, The River Bakery has provided job training in commercial baking to The River Food Pantry clients to help them become self-sufficient. However, The River Food Pantry Board has determined that continuing to run the bakery training program is not in our best financial interests and is refocusing on our core mission of feeding the hungry. We continue to celebrate the 18 trainees who completed the training program and subsequently secured employment, and their individual stories represent far more than the financial impact. Although we are sad to see The River Bakery go, we are excited that its mission will live on under different ownership. The Northside Planning Council will take over operation of the bakery and training program and will continue helping those unemployed in our community gain the experience and skills to secure employment and earn a living wage. Thank you for your partnership with us to help transform...