Expanding local food access to consumers, schools and businesses

Helen Sarakinos, executive director of the REAP Food Group, is part of the Caring for Creation Series at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Sarakinos is a seasoned advocate and organizer for issues that impact our community’s children’s citizens, food, and water. In her presentation, she will talk about the work of REAP Food Group, which has become a leader in the local food movement and now connects farmers & producers, restaurants, healthcare institutions, schools & students, consumers, and the community-at-large to support Southern Wisconsin’s local food system.

REAP’s current programs include Farm to School, Buy Fresh Buy Local Southern Wisconsin, which connects local farms and producers to institutional purchasers, and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a guide for consumers to local food. REAP approaches food system change at every level in order to increase the access to local food while building a food chain that is environmentally and economically sustainable.