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Saturday April 21st, 2012
MFC Recognized by Cleveland Foodbank
We are featured in the
Cleveland Foodbank April 2012 newsletter.
MFC was recognized for our "Healthy Living" program as a choice
pantry in Lake County.
Monday April 9th, 2012
MFC Healthy Living Program
This Spring, the Madison Food Center made a commitment to offering
healthy food choices to our clients. “We decided it was time to stop
asking families facing financial difficulties to give up nutritional
food just when they need it the most,” Van Dusen said.
We kicked off the change with cooking demonstrations during the
month of February. Volunteers cooked up such healthy dishes as
homemade applesauce, potato soup, apple sage chicken, healthy
chicken nuggets, and chicken salsa with black beans and rice. All of
the ingredients were available on our shelves.
The Food Center also committed to always have available in-season
produce, lettuce, onions, carrots, celery, green peppers, apples,
potatoes, eggs, and butter as well as seasonings, brown rice, and
whole wheat pasta. Low-sodium items will continue to be available.
Each month this year, the Healthy Living program will promote a
healthy option and feature recipes and activities to complement the
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During April and May, the Center is hosting a Healthy Recipe Contest.
Clients of the Center can submit their own healthy recipes that will
be judged by a panel of volunteers.
Recipes are due by May 31st and selected winners
will receive donated prizes. To donate a prize with a healthy theme,
contact Jaime Lutes via
TuesdayJanuary 10, 2012 - 1:00
and 5:00 pm
TuesdayJanuary 17, 2012 - 1:00
How to Make Couponing Work for You
Couponing aficionado Niki Brafford will share her tips and
techniques for saving money on food and household items using
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Thank You to Our Volunteers
This short video tells the story of the people volunteering at the
Madison Food Center and those they serve. With our gratitude, the
Board of Directors.
here to watch video.
Tuesday November 22, 2011
Madison Food Center Accepts Venison
The Madison Food Center is gratefully accepting donations of venison
from deer hunters this season.
Bendelewski's Meats will process the deer and the
Center will cover the cost although donations are always welcome.
Please deliver deer to Bendelewski's at 6732 North Ridge Road, just
east of Rte 528 / Hubbard Road.
Call 440-482-6683 for hours.
Friday October 14, 2011
Help! Produce Needed
We are asking that anyone in the community with extra produce,
please donate it to the Center.
“We are running low on fresh produce
at this time,” said Pat Cz-Stafford, co-director of
the Food Center. “It is one of the most important offerings of the
Center, especially for families with children.”
Those able to donate can bring produce to the Madison Food Center
during open hours. If you are unable to deliver at those times, call
428-9601 to make arrangements.
Please do not leave produce outside of the Center when no
one is there.
August 13, 2011
A big shout out to all of our Volunteers! You make the food center
the success that it is. Thank you!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Bowls for Hungry Hearts
Central Congregational Church sponsors its 3rd
Annual Bowls For Hungry Hearts dinner and entertainment for the
entire benefit of the Madison Food Center. on Saturday, October 8
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m at 71 Park Street. There will
be a variety of soups (all you can eat), rolls,
salad, coffee and tea, and desserts to choose from.
For the diner’s entertainment:
4:00-5:00 Bluegrass music
5:00-6:00 Sister Jean the
6:00-7:00 Cassie Kahr.
Adults and Seniors: $5.00
Children ages 3-11: $3.00
(Children under 3 are free.)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Board of Elections
Scott E. Daisher, Deputy Director Lake County Board
of Elections, will talk about the importance of voting; how to
register to vote; how to get an absentee ballot; and review the
issues for the election.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Lake County Free Clinic
Learn about the free medical, dental and vision services offered by
the LCFMC for people who are uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise
unable to access needed care.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Forbes House is Lake County's shelter for victims of domestic
violence, providing services to women and children whose lives have
been affected by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Some women
who use our services are in physical danger. Others are living with
controlling partners in relationships that are emotionally abusive.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Lifeline helps Lake County residents by offering emergency
assistance and life skills training to increase self-sufficiency
through such programs as the Ohio Benefit Bank, HOME funds rental
program, prescription assistance, and HEAP.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Madison Food Center announces a
series of presentations
to help Madison families improve their quality of life. “We
are working with Lake County agencies to bring information about
their services directly to our clients,” said co-director
Chris Van Dusen. “MFC Connections will be held each
month and feature a different agency giving a presentation and
meeting with our clients who want to know more.”
The first MFC Connections will be held on
Tuesday June 28th during MFC hours of 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. and will feature Carrie Dotson,
Executive Director of
Lake County’s Community Action Agency. Lifeline helps Lake
County residents by offering emergency assistance and life skills
training to increase self-sufficiency through such programs as the
Ohio Benefit Bank, HOME funds rental program, prescription
assistance, and HEAP.
MFC Connections is the brainchild
Mary Shannon who got involved after speaking to Van
Dusen about the long term needs of MFC clients. “The Madison
Food Center is an ideal venue for clients to learn
about the resources and expertise available to Lake County
residents,” said Shannon, a recently retired social worker and
34-year resident of Madison.
“So many of our clients qualify for additional types of
assistance like help with housing, energy bills, and education and
training,” said Co-Director Pat Cz-Stafford. “Connections
is another way we can help them to help themselves.”
Monday, May 20, 2011
Kirtland Junior Girl Scouts
Kirtland Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 261, donate
cookies to the Madison Food Center. Caroline and Lily are seen here
with co-director Chris Van Dusen.
Tuesday April 26, 2011
Madison Food Center Feeds 296 Families per Month
Last month, the Madison Food Center served 296 households
by providing emergency food to feed 988 people.
Fourteen of those households were families who had never before
received food from the Center. Eighty-two of the
people fed were seniors and 319 were children.
“Since November 2005, the Food Center has provided an average of
924 Madison residents per month
with an emergency supply of food,” said Co-Director
Chris Van Dusen. “When you consider that the
population of Madison Village and Township is over 19,000, we are
probably missing quite a few people who need us.” Van Dusen
says that the next five years will focus on reaching out to the
people we are missing and finding ways to bring information to our
clients that will temporarily and permanently improve their quality
Sunday November 14, 2010
An enormous thank you goes out to the
Madison Firefighters, IAFF Local 3141, and
Sparky the rescue dog, for raising more than $3,900
in food and cash for the Food Center yesterday. Not only do
firefighters fight fires and save lives, they know how to fight
Bravo to everyone who helped!
News Herald article:
Madison firefighters work to douse hunger
Saturday November 13, 2010
The Madison Firefighters will host a Food and Funds
drive to benefit the Madison Food Center from 10:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. at Giant Eagle in Madison.
A Boot-Drive will also be held at the intersection of
Hubbard Road (Hwy 528) and Route 20.
Saturday October 9, 2010
Bowls for Hungry Hearts
Central Congregational Church, 71 Park Street in
Madison Village, will be hosting the Second Annual
“Bowls for Hungry Hearts”, a benefit for the Madison Food Center, on
October 9, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Diners will be entertained by area musicians
vocalist Cassie Kahr,
Harry Buch and Jan Pavlinak,
Lacus Venti (Winds of the Lake), a recorder group
directed by B.J. Green.
"This fundraiser is one of the best around," said Cindy
Illig Lum, Madison Food Center's Board of Directors. "The
soups are all homemade, taste divine and the talent is local too. A
perfect example of the Madison spirit of neighbors helping
neighbors." Illig Lum is grateful to Central Congregational
Church which raised more than $1,200 for the Madison Food
Center last year. "What is really great about the group that
organizes this fundraising is that they keep the suggested donation
down to $5 which means a family four can have a great, healthy
dinner for $20."
This one-of-a-kind fundraiser will offer guests
the chance to select a specially donated bowl to fill with a soup of
their choice along with a salad, roll, beverage and dessert for a
- $5 for adults and seniors and
- $3 for children ages 3 to 11.
will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
accompanied by local musical talent.
Guests are invited to take home their soup
bowls to remind them of their Madison neighbors in need.
will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance by
calling the Central Congregational Church office, Mon. thru Thurs.
9:00 am to 1:00 pm @ (440)428-3802 or visit
All proceeds benefit the Madison Food Center.
Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action
Check out this
easy calendar at Feeding America to help you
do 30 things in 30 days to help end hunger, or find them on