Madison College: Free car care clinic to help local food pantries

Contact: Bill Bessette (608) 246-6127

It won’t be long now before “Old Man Winter” is here. So is your car ready for the cold and snow? Here’s how you can make sure it is and help out a good cause at the same time.

For the ninth straight year Madison Area Technical College automotive students, with the help of their instructors, are holding a free Car Care Clinic to help collect non-perishable food items for local pantries.

“Our students will check belts, hoses, wipers and other key parts, plus top-off fluids,” says Madison College automotive instructor Craig Lathrop. “Car owners will be advised of any mechanical problems, but there will be no repairs during the clinic.”

The free Car Care Clinic is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, at Madison College’s Truax campus. Signs will help direct drivers to the clinic.

Last year, 45 cars were inspected and more than 200 pounds of food was donated to local food pantries.


Madison Area Technical College serves approximately 40,000 individuals annually, providing “real world smart” education through a comprehensive curriculum of technical, liberal arts and sciences, adult basic education and continuing education, as well as customized training for employers.