Greater Racine Food Council

About us

Greater Racine Food Council was established June 2016 with a leader, steering committee, plenary council with teams to work on various areas of concern. The small group discussion results from the Pathways to Sustainability meeting centered on the issues of food justice, education, and security.

The Food Council wants to address food deserts and promote healthy living for all; inventory and map all food related services in greater Racine; find creative ways to bring accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts; support the GGR Schools Initiative  in bringing in the 3rd and 6th grades health curriculum; encourage new programs like Mayor Dickert’s “Parks to Produce” and Jonathan Delagrave “Work Force Green Space” which promotes free food; find ways to distribute food surplus and to compost food waste.

Fresh Perks Mobile Market

If you’re in the Racine area, check out the Fresh Perks Mobile Market Friday August 9th from 12-1:30. It is a traveling grocery store carrying only fresh produce, meats and dairy foods- all for 25% the grocery store price! This is open to the public so be sure to check it out!

Salmon Unlimited Helps Racine County Food Bank

Can’t say enough about the Salmon Unlimited  crew this month! They helped provide local fish to the Racine County Food Bank . They were at the Root River Steelhead Facility April 2018. They fillet about 100 Steelhead Salmon! They put two fillets in a bag making it easier for the Food Bank to handle as well as the recipients of the Food Bank. Also pictured is Dave from the Food Bank.

Thoughts for Food

March 2, 2019, various locations Thoughts for Food is a musical benefit for the Racine County Food Bank. One ticket for all 15 venues. 40+ bands!  This is their 26th year! One ticket gets you in the door.  Any door!  A wristband will give you access to all of the venues and bands.  This is one of the largest musical events in Wisconsin and helps provide food to hundreds of your friends and neighbors who otherwise would be hungry. ​Check out the event on Facebook or their website.

Learn and Share

Every 2nd Monday of the month at 6PM on the second floor of the Racine Public Library, Greening Greater Racine and the Racine Public Library provide a free talk to the community on a range of environmental topics. Pictured on the left is Amy Macemon of UW-Extension. She provided a talk on the topic of food and the environment, food choices that protect Earth. She discussed the importance of nutrition, choices of food that affect the environment, cost of eating meat, importance of buying local, reduce packaging and the concept of fair trade foods. Take a look at other topics provided by clicking here. Please stop by!

Grocery Getter Program Launch

The Greater Racine Food Council will launch on May 4 a new grocery store transportation service called Grocery Getter, in our community. The volunteer-run service aims to provide free transportation to those who struggle to get to a full-service grocery store. Grocery Getter will transport people to and from two of Racine’s Piggly Wiggly stores from a centralized location — Downtown’s Hospitality Center, 614 Main St. — on the first and third Thursday of each month. Departures are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for a ride to the Washington Avenue Piggly Wiggly and at 9 a.m. to the Durand Avenue store. Advance sign-up is required to reserve a seat in the van and can be done in person at the Hospitality Center or by calling 262-853-2886. ​ Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and the initial runs will be made using a van from the Volunteer Center of Racine County’s MyRide service, which can accommodate seven riders per trip. As the program continues, organizers will monitor the need for the service and add vans, as necessary, according to Amy Macemon, a nutrition educator with the UW-Extension’s FoodWise program, who serves on the GRFC. ​ The basic goal of the new service is to provide better access to nutritious and affordable food for people living in food deserts. And Grocery Getter is just one way that the Greater Racine Food Council is working to help connect people with food sources. ​Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE!

Fresh Perks Mobile Market

We congratulate the Wild Root Market organization for locating a site for the new store and setting plans to move ahead toward an opening. Good news indeed! We wish them all the best! 
Click HERE to download their press release flier for more information!

Racine County's Food Resource Guide

The Greater Racine Food Council compiled an extensive food resource pamphlet in which Racine offers. Click the DOWNLOAD button to get the full pamplet. This pamplet offers general state information (ie. Food Share, WIC – provisions for women and children), farmer’s markets that accept Food Share or other benefit programs, nutritional information, holiday food baskets, and community meals and gardens.
Please share this information and contact us if you happen to have any questions. 

Check out these local resources for more information ​or to help volunteer.

Interested in getting involved? ​Have a resource to share?

Contact us at [email protected]


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