n August 17, 2022, Badger Prairie Needs Network hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Kasieta Center in Verona, WI, followed by a public open house on the 21st.
The 4,800 SF building will enable the volunteer-run, nonprofit organization to expand its services, with additional space for community meals, job training seminars, and other wellness and educational programming. Funding for the project included private donations as well as a $2 million contribution from the Dane County emergency grant program.
Named for current BPNN board president Bob Kasieta and former executive director Marcia Kasieta, the building recognizes both members’ long history of contribution. Bob Kasieta told The Verona Press, “Our philosophy has always been that by addressing poverty, we will end hunger. Today we take the next step in this mission with a building designed for job training and community events.”
The recent expansion has doubled the capacity of BPNN’s existing food pantry, teaching kitchen and community dining room. It has also enabled the organization to relaunch its community meal program, which has been on hold since March of 2020. Other additions to the facility include an outdoor patio and an expanded parking area.
Badger Prairie Needs Network has been in operation since 1986. More information about the organization can be found at BPNN.org.