The Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty and ending hunger locally. In our 31st year of continuous operation, BPNN operates a food pantry that serves households in the Verona Area School District, including Verona and parts of Fitchburg and Madison; offers a free community meal on most Saturdays (open to everyone), nutrition education classes in our commercial-grade kitchen, a community garden, and free legal advocacy focused on ending homelessness. Our activities are guided by a board of directors, executive director, and program coordinators who are all volunteers.
In 2016, BPNN distributed over 470,000lbs of food and helped feed an average of 925 individuals each month – translating to almost 400,000 meals and cumulatively over 11,500 individuals served. Most of the households we helped had someone working for wage (65%) but they simply didn’t earn enough to make ends meet. The rest were people with disabilities, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and folks who had fallen on tough times or were temporarily unemployed. Over 48% of those BPNN helped feed last year were children.
In August 2015, we moved to a larger, more accessible facility owned by Dane County at the Badger Prairie Health Care complex on the far east side of Verona. (Tour BPNN part 1) With more space, we are able to provide an office for a Dane County Joining Forces for Families social worker and classroom space for the high school's 18-21 year old transition program (See video). Additional meeting rooms are available for occasional use by other groups and organizations focused on social justice issues.
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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the longterm financial sustainability of the organization. Current members of the board include:
The BPNN Community Service Council was formed to build stronger partnerships with local churches and service organizations. BPNN volunteers, Kristi Johnson and Zeena Engelke, co-chair this council. If your organization or parish community has an interest in receiving regular updates about BPNN services and needs - or would like to join the council - please contact Kristi or Zeena. Member organizations and representatives include:
Join in our mission to fight poverty and end hunger in our community!
A new video describing the work going on at BPNN featuring our volunteers, patrons, and community partners this summer. Thanks to producer Kelly Kloepping, videographer and editor Andrew Bamlett, and interviewer Jeremy Crosby!
Tour BPNN with Executive Director, Marcia Kasieta
The VAHS School-to-Work Transition program housed at BPNN helps young adults gain work/life skills.
'Move the Food' Wraps Up!
The capital campaign to remodel our facility at Dane County's Badger Prairie complex on the east side of Verona reached its goal of $420,000 in just 11 months. Words cannot express how grateful we are for this support. See the video of our Grand Opening