What We Do
Cook It Forward is a collaboration between local restaurants and local nonprofits to create an end-to-end distribution network to tackle food insecurity in Madison. We are partnering with Downtown Madison restaurants to produce healthy, fresh meals for insecure families, seniors, and people with disabilities. The meals will be safely created, individually packaged, and delivered to local food banks, pantries, and other sites, serving as an intermediary. Last-mile distribution partners will ensure that the growing number of individuals and families who need the food, and without recourse to access it, receive it.
This effort helps support not only those who are food insecure in Madison especially communities of color disproportionately affected by the pandemic, but help the restaurants and their ecosystems including farmers, distributors, restaurant employees, and delivery drivers.
Impact and ROI
Four weeks in and the response to Cook It Forward (CiF) has been wonderful and overwhelming. Our attention is now focused on project funding and stabilizing weekly meals.
As of today...
- 5,300 Meals Delivered
- 462 Households Served
- 9 Restaurants Participating
- 4 Distribution Sites Participating
- 6 Last Mile Delivery Providers Participating
- 85% of Cook it Forward's 'last-mile' service providers are black- and brown-led nonprofits
Who We Are
COOK IT FORWARD PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Independent and locally-owned restaurants that share values of Inclusivity, Community, Industry, Humility, Positivity, Health, and Safety. The starting roster includes Ancora Coffee, Banzo, Casetta, Forage, Gates & Brovi, Graze, Harvest, Heritage Tavern, L’Etoile, La Kitchenette, La Taguara, Lucille, Madtown Food Services, Marie’s Soul Food, Marigold, Merchant, Morris Ramen, Pasture & Plenty, Sardine, The Old Fashioned, and Tapatios. and their ecosystems including farmers, distributors, restaurant employees, and delivery drivers.
NON PROFIT PARTNERS
Collaboration For Good, Food Works, and the Center for Community Stewardship supply technology, legal, accounting, fiscal agency, and administrative assistance.
DIRECT RESPONSE PROVIDERS
Local food banks, community centers including Kennedy Heights Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Fountain of Life, and last-mile delivery providers including FOSTER, Urban Triage, Me to We, Freedom, Inc., and EOTO+.
Ongoing Goals & Measures
While providing food to the food insecure is Cook It Forward's primary goal, doing so in a manner that retains restaurant workforce, engages in local farms, and partners with local nonprofits for a win-win-win situation is very important to us. Our success is measured by our ability to uplift all in the Cook It Forward Network.
Economic and Equity Goals
- Generate revenue for participating restaurants to pay workers and rent
Retain restaurant employees
- Support local farms
Work directly with local drop-off sites
- Generate revenue for participating restaurants
- Generate revenue for the last-mile service network to get food to those who need it
- $100,000 in individual donations
- $500,000 in corporate sponsorships
- $50,000 in grants
CIF represents a new community response strategy that relies on outside dollars, new partners, and different delivery systems.
$2,500 - $4,999 150 - 299 meals
$5,000 - $9,999 300 - 599 meals
$10,000 - $24,999 (One Week of Sponsorship) 600 - 1,599 meals
$25,000+ (15 days+ of Sponsorship) 1,600 meals
Cook It Forward is a program under fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Community Stewardship, a Madison-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This sponsorship enables donations to be tax deductible.
Francesca Hong, Chef/Co-Owner, Morris Ramen
firstname.lastname@example.org | (608) 772-6599
Patrick Sweeney, Principal, Rule No. One Hospitality
email@example.com | (608) 658-1426
Joshua Berkson, Principal, Rule No. One Hospitality
firstname.lastname@example.org | (646) 221-4022
Checks can be made out to:
Center for Community Stewardship, or C4CS
116 North Few St.
Madison, WI 53703
Memo line: Cook It Forward
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