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.

The East Side Print Shop composing room with Linotype machine and operators.

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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May / June Cover Story

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Food need is on the rise at Goodman Community Center

Food insecurity is at an all-time high — and getting higher

By Amie Hoag, Eastside News

On a rainy Tuesday morning, the Goodman Community Center food pantry was as busy as ever. A few customers lined up outside despite the rain, and by the time the doors opened at 9 a.m., there were already more than 50 numbers handed out.

On this particular Tuesday, the pantry served more than 100 households, a number that would have been shockingly high only four years ago. Today, it’s the average. The number of visits was up 123% from 2021 to 2023. Number of people served was up 139% in the same time period. This equates to a little more than 17,000 people served in 2021 versus more than 41,000 served in 2023. If the trend continues, the Goodman pantry will serve more than 60,000 people this year.

Though inflation has slowed, the consumer price index, which measures the change in market prices over time, remains 20% higher than it was pre-pandemic. For people across Dane County, that means prioritizing what bills get paid and what essentials they may have to do without.

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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.

Interested in Volunteering?

Pitch ideas and write articles for our newspaper that's published on a bimonthly basis. Volunteers should have strong writing skills, solid grammar and familiarity with interviewing subjects for stories. We are almost always looking for people to report on neighborhood news and take photos.

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

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