So sorry some of the content here is out of date. We have had staffing changes and the CFSC is now directly under the umbrella of Hillview. Updates are forthcoming.
The Coulee Food System Coalition (CFSC) was created in March 2013 by former Hillview president Leanne Hedberg Carlson. Its purpose: to address the current food system and find ways our community can collaborate to create a vibrant local food system. CFSC members include community members, nonprofits, businesses, healthcare and education institutions, and government officials. After three community stakeholder meetings, an action team was formed to serve as delegates for each sector of the food system: growing/production, access, consumers, planning/policy/waste, processing/distribution, healthcare/nutrition and education. The CFSC continues to gather—quarterly—to develop and implement strategies for a healthy, affordable, equitable food system that nourishes our community and respects the environment.
CFSC is committed to building a food system that is healthy, ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, culturally relevant and socially just. The organization facilitates the Food For All grant program to fund initiatives, activities and projects that align with coalition goals and objectives. These projects will ultimately engage, empower, and connect community members. Hillview provides fiscal sponsorship of the grant program through a $100,000 grant it received from the Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation.
CFSC is awarding mini-grants in two rounds. Round one grant awards were announced in October. Round two will take place in the early spring 2015. Scoring and administrative work for the Food for All mini-grant project were facilitated by Great Rivers United Way volunteers.
Learn more about and join the efforts of the Coulee Food System Coalition here.
On March 6, 2014, Hillview Urban Agriculture Center was the recipient of the Coulee Collaboration Award from the Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation “Growing Hope: Emergency to Stability to Self-Sufficiency” “Food for All” Project to End Hunger in La Crosse, County, Wisconsin.
From Mel Hoffman, Executive Director, Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc.:
“The application presented by this award recipient stood-out for its emphasis on a community food system model, including the entire cycle of food-related concerns: growing, harvesting, distributing, managing, preparing, consuming and recovering food. It proposes a three-tiered approach to move free-food recipients from emergency, to stability and finally to self-sufficiency, through a set of goals… and policies designed to effectuate those goals. This was the type of comprehensive approach we were looking for.”
From Mary Kay Wolf, Executive Director, Great Rivers United Way, regarding United Way volunteers assisting in
“Great Rivers United Way is pleased to be a part of the Food for All grant allocation process. Hillview Urban Agriculture Center is handling funds it has received from The Franke Foundation with great integrity. United Way’s help in this process is a good example of collaborations that bring solutions to our community.”
Mini-grant recipients include:
– Boy Scouts
– Catholic Charities
– City of La Crosse
– Clearwater Farm
– Community Hunger Solutions
– Hunger Task Force
– Onalaska School Gardens
– YMCA Teen Center