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Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Vincent Washington took his place in line outside of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. It's certainly not his first time at St. Paul's. He and his wife used to volunteer there, until the temp jobs ran out, along with the food in his kitchen.

Now unemployed, Washington said coming to the pantry once a month is about survival.

"Without it, what are you going to do? Go out there and steal and rob, and then where would you be?" Washington said.

Teriann Strassi will also have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Bread of Life. She started coming in 2010 after her job was shipped overseas and her unemployment benefits ran out.

A mother of three, Strassi is working toward her paralegal degree. Since her husband works full time, the family doesn't qualify for food stamps or other government help when it comes to food.

"There have been plenty of tears. Plenty of days when I feel like I can't make it," Strassi said. "Tomorrow's always better."

County, city discuss possible day shelter for homeless

County, city discuss possible day shelter for homeless

Dane County could make a deal on a new permanent day shelter for the homeless in the next couple of weeks.

Officials said the push for finding a place for the homeless is because there are so many people still trying to get on their feet after the recession.

The ideal location would be in the immediate downtown area so the homeless can have quick access to services to help them get jobs and get back on their feet. But as the real estate market bounces back, properties that fit the county's needs and fit into the $600,000 budget have been scarce.

As a result, their focus has turned to properties some distance from the city center, like the MARC East building on Lien Road.

"Part of the answer is that the homeless are everywhere in Dane County and everywhere in the city of Madison. But there are many services that are centralized in the central part of Madison, and a building like MARC would require a substantial transportation plan," Hendrick said.

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Ruthie Young walks the streets of New York with an appetite and a pen. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduated in 2012 and moved to New York. She's out to get a taste of the Big Apple as a freelance food blogger.

"It really gives me an opportunity to explore the New York and the food scene on my own budget and my own time," Young explained.

New York City has its own little taste of Wisconsin within in the form of a group of restaurants borrowing Badger State influences, and transplants, like Adam Benedetto. He said incorporating the Midwest culture of being nice to people is part of the package in Little Wisco Restaurant Group eateries popping up in New York City. Little Wisco has opened four restaurants in the last two years, all staffed with Cheese State natives.

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

A Madison-based author said she'll discuss the process of how she got her first book published at an author event downtown Wednesday.

Kelly Harms, author of "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," will read from her novel at the Wisconsin Book Festival event and talk about the road to getting published. 

"I'm going to be discussing the publishing industry a little bit more in detail and talking about how I got from one side of the desk to the other," Harms said.

Harms said she used to live in New York City and worked for a publishing company as a literary agent.

She made the cross to author after moving to the Midwest to raise her family, she said. "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who were very different but brought together through a dream home sweepstakes, Harms explained.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. in meeting room 301 at the Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin St.

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Foodies rejoice, Food Day 2013 is here. On Thursday, Americans across the country united to celebrate the grassroots movement for sustainable food and education. UW-Madison embraced the national celebration by hosting the first Real Food Week from Oct. 21-25 with the ultimate goal of improving the sourcing of food on campus, according to Slow Food UW.

The week consisted of on-campus lectures, panel discussions and other food-related events to discuss the benefits of eating real food and raise community awareness. As defined by Slow Food UW, the four criteria for real food are local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane.

The first Real Food Week event took place on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Crossing where Slow Food UW hosted a special Family Dinner Night, designed by Executive Chef of Weary Traveler Free House Joey Dunscombe, and panel discussion.