The Near West Side Grocery Challenge: It’s In the Bag
The Challenge: How It Works
Teams will have day-to-day support from a team of Marquette staff and some overarching guidance from key University Leadership, Near West Side staff, and others interested in supporting the Challenge. In addition, student teams can participate in a speed networking event featuring local grocery experts to get feedback on ideas and suggestions for next steps.
At the end of the semester, teams will pitch their recommendations and ideas to a panel of judges. Judges and Marquette leadership will evaluate all ideas and help select one or more to pilot in the fall semester. “Winning” teams and ideas will receive seed funding to implement the pilots. Interested students can apply to be a summer grocery fellow and keep working on their idea.
The goal is to generate innovative, affordable, and sustainable models to bring fresh foods to the Near West Side and pilot a variety of ideas to determine the appropriate mix of fresh food retail options. We want grocery options that are inclusive to everyone who calls the Near West Side home—and change the narrative around “grocery”.
The Grocery Challenge is aimed at Marquette students and staff but Near West Side partners and community members are invited to be collaborators. If interested, please contact Kelsey Otero (Kelsey.email@example.com).
January 31 – kick off
Register for kickoff here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grocery-challenge-kickoff-registration-31417617941)
February 20 – resident meeting #1 at the Neighborhood of Neighborhoods meeting (Harley-Davidson)
Early March – resident meeting #2 at Neighborhood House at TBD time
Final Pitches – April 20th at 4 p.m.
In the news
Research and Resources
Check out some great local resources as you go through the discovery phase:
- YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey): sortable info from Milwaukee Youth on diet, nutrition, activity and other
- NHANES WI Data: sortable, by state data on nutrition, health, obesity and other
- Impact, Inc. resources: health and wellness data, environmental scans on central city Milwaukee
- An Apple a Day: obesity impact on Milwaukee report
- Understanding Food Access
- Food Desert Locator
- Food Security Project: Wisconsin interactive resource maps
- Policy Map by Reinvestment Funk offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US.
Register for kickoff: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grocery-challenge-kickoff-registration-31417617941