Goodman Community Center | Eastside News

Eastside News is published six times a year by the Goodman Community Center. We publish super-local news and information about events, issues, resources and programs at Goodman and in our community on the east side of Madison.

More than 12,000 copies of this 24-page paper are mailed directly to households in Goodman's service area, as well as over 5,000 to subscribers throughout the city. Copies are also available at several area businesses and at the Goodman Center. The newspaper is written and produced primarily by GCC staff and volunteers. Our advertisers' support makes publishing this valued community resource possible.

Being around for 100 years is a long time for a small publication.

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Published by a variety of individuals and organizations over the last century, Eastside News has a long and winding history of fostering east side spirit. In 1912, A.W. Larson published two issues of The East Side News. After 12 years of absence, Marshall Browne published East Side News Dec. 4, 1924, from his print shop near Schenk’s Corners. We count this as the first modern issue of Eastside News. Ownership passed through publishers before ending sometime in the latter half of the 1960s or 1970s.

In February 1981, the Atwood Community Center — now known as the Goodman Community Center — relaunched the publication of Eastside News, where we've been producing it continuously for 43 years!

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Your gift helps us continue our legacy of hyper-local journalism. Gifts to Eastside News in 2024 of $100+ receive a 100th Anniversary sticker, pictured on the banner of this page.

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January / February Cover Story

Navigating the hunger game

GCC’s kitchen strives to satisfy a multitude of eaters. Meals made in-house are culturally diverse, nutritious — and delicious.

By Ivy Fan, Eastside News

Every day, hundreds of voices float through the halls and rooms of the Goodman Community Center. Parents calling to their children during drop-off for early child care programs. Older adults bantering during a session of euchre. The building’s wooden curves swell with energy — new things to learn, old friends to greet, a rotating schedule of places to be. Quietly, beside all the hubbub, another flurry of orchestrated motion unfolds among stainless steel surfaces. Behind the scenes, this other group works to ensure these activities can happen, preparing for that moment when every voice falls silent, even if just for a second before rising again: mealtime.

GCC serves many of its programs with food made in-house by its own program kitchen. Monday through Friday, a staff of eight get in at 7:30 a.m. to start prepping for the day. Children enrolled in early childhood education programs get breakfast, lunch and a snack; elementary after-school kids eat dinner; middle school students in the Lussier LOFT program eat dinner; and Girls Inc. participants get dinner twice weekly. Older adults can make a reservation and come in for senior lunch. In total, over 300 meals are cooked and served on-site at GCC daily.

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“I've been reading Eastside News for years, but recently it's become even more important to me as I search for positive news to offset all the, well, you know. You not only highlight the many great things that are happening at GCC, but you do it in a way that prominently features the faces and names of people of color. This is so important, and I know it reflects the reality of the staff and participants at GCC - as well as the reality of our community.”

Who Gets Eastside News In the Mail?

Residences in approximately a 2-mile radius of the Goodman Community Center receive a copy sent to "RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER." The paper is also mailed directly to donors and supporters of Goodman.

Find Eastside News in the Community

Eastside News is available at the Goodman Community Center and at Pinney, Hawthorne and Monona libraries. You can also find it at Jenifer Street Market, Willy Street Co-op East and North, Garver Feed Mill, Community Pharmacy, Brothers Three Bar & Grill, Kwik Trip (401 N. Third St. and 3528 E. Washington Ave.), Dexter's Pub and the Warner Park Community Center.

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Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities, or contact our volunteer team at or 608-204-8048. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation.

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Dave Link

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