Dear friends and neighbors,

Is there a better way to share love and show someone you care than by feeding them? I can’t think of many. We know that food security reduces stress for families and helps kids perform better in school. But food also brings people together. Think of all the celebrations you’ve ever been a part of. Was there food? Just about every time, I bet.

So at GCC, we’re feeding people through our food pantry and meal delivery program. We’re growing food in our gardens and educating our students on proper nutrition. Food remains central to our center’s mission , just as it was yesterday and just as it will be tomorrow and the next day.

When we can gather once again, we will break bread together. Until then, everyone at GCC is comforted by the fact that we continue to provide this basic need for our community. And don’t forget, all of this is possible because of you . Thank you, neighbors.

Wishing you strength and good health,
Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director

Two weeks ago, we told you about the increased demand in our food pantry. You rose to the challenge with incredible generosity. Well, here’s another tasty opportunity to help us out.

On Wednesday, April 29, proceeds from all sales at Glass Nickel Pizza East (on Atwood Avenue) will go to purchase produce for the Center’s food pantry . It’s easy: No matter what or how much you order next Wednesday, you will be helping us provide more fresh produce to our community.

All orders are no contact delivery or curbside pickup. Order next Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at or call (608) 245-0880 .

Gardening Must Go On
Just because our students aren’t in the building, doesn’t mean the hands-on learning isn’t happening. Transition Academy—an alternative high school housed at GCC—has kicked the spring gardening season into high gear. Staff are on site caring for seedlings (including taking them for walks to toughen them up!), pruning trees and planting the first veggies in the Center gardens. And they’re sharing their work with their students via video.

Food Fight Feeds the Front Line
Interested in getting creative in your support of GCC staff and supporting a great local business? Food Fight Madison has set up a convenient system to send care package breakfast or lunch to front-line workers, including staff at the Center. You can donate to the general pool and Food Fight will coordinate with the wonderful organizations doing important work across the city, or if you want to be sure your gift feeds GCC, enter “Goodman Center” in the order notes at checkout .
On Tuesday, our Fritz Food Pantry staff & volunteer crew were treated to breakfast burritos and orange juice delivered from Monty's Blue Plate Diner. Thanks to the Food Fight Restaurant Group and donors for helping to keep our front line staff well fueled!

Last week, we told you we added the Carbon and Generations apartment buildings to our meal delivery schedule. With that addition and the continuing increased demand in Darbo/Worthington and Brentwood, we have added 100 additional meals to our Wednesday, Thursday and Friday delivery routes. This brings the total to more than 1,400(!) meals delivered each week . Big kudos to our kitchen staff and delivery teams for stepping up and doing even more great work.

FEED Kitchens & Snug Haven Farm
Our food pantry has been the lucky recipient of some thoughtful and consistent gifts from FEED Kitchens and Snug Haven Farm. Knowing what we have coming each week makes planning and ordering so much easier. FEED Kitchens is delivering loaves of delicious fresh-baked bread, and Snug Haven Farm has kept us in greens for the last several weeks. And, a fun addition, our Transition Academy students have been tasked with researching recipes that use spinach (every family is going home with spinach next week!) to share with food pantry patrons.
GCC staff member Shaun is shown bagging spinach for our drive thru pantry service. Photo: Jason Houge
Batch Bakehouse for GCC
Did you miss your chance to order some delicious Batch Bakehouse bakery last week? The new menu is posted every Monday, and there are always the favorites, as well as a few new additions. And, of course, you can add some bread or cookies for the GCC Fritz Food Pantry to your order. We love sending our families home with delicious and fresh baked goods.

Drive-Thru Food Pantry
All are welcome – no need to call ahead. Food is distributed in the Ironworks building parking lot, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Neighborhood Dinners
The Center is managing a neighborhood meal distribution three days a week.

Wednesday & Thursday individual dinners
Friday 2 family-style meals + a pantry bag of groceries

For delivery in Darbo/Worthington and Brentwood neighborhoods:
Contact Sara at 608-807-4984 or email and tell her:
1. Your address. 2. How many meals you’d like

We’ll knock or ring your doorbell between 3:30-4:30 p.m. as we leave the meal on your doorstep.

For delivery to Carbon & Generations @ Union Corners :
Contact Fran Augustine at 608-242-4400 or email and tell her h ow many meals you’d like. Meals will be delivered between  3:30-4:30 p.m.  to the community room, labeled for you.

Sign up once, then you’ll continue receiving meals weekly. Contact Sara or Fran to cancel. More information, including the dinner menu here (scroll to bottom of the page).
Did you see GCC staff Catie and Tyrone on the News 3 5:00 p.m. broadcast last night? If not, check it out here .
“Heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to pitch in and help you guys help others! THANK YOU!” - Anne

Thank you to everyone who reached out last week with words of encouragement for our staff. Your messages meant so much, especially for our front-line workers who are making sure our community is fed and cared for. GCC is lucky to have such wonderful supporters. Thank you all for everything you do for your community.

* Consider yourself hugged. *
Information is changing rapidly. Goodman is constantly reassessing how we can help our community. Most up-to-date operations can be found at:
Ironworks: 149 Waubesa Street Brassworks: 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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