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.
Food provisions would be provided to local food banks, community centers, and “last-mile” delivery providers.
This effort would help support food insecure Madisonians as well as our independently-owned restaurants and their ecosystems including: farmers, distributors, restaurant employees, delivery drivers, and their employees.
THE COOK IT FORWARD
COOK IT FORWARD PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
Independent and locally-owned restaurants that share values of Inclusivity, Community, Industry, Humility, Positivity, Health, and Safety. Our starting roster includes, but is not limited to: 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.
Proceeds support the restaurants and their ecosystems including farmers, distributors, restaurant employees, delivery drivers, and their employees.
INDIVIDUAL & CORPORATE DONORS
COOK IT FORWARD
Cook It Forward will build out the network providing quality, assortment, safety, and labor equity standards. We will determine allocation of donorship based on these standards as well as capacity and demand. We will provide brand assets, advocacy and promotional materials.
NON PROFIT PARTNERS
Collaboration For Good, Food Works, and the Center for Community Stewardship will supply technology, legal, accounting, ﬁscal agency, and administrative assistance.
R.E. Golden Produce is providing storage and transportation assistance.
DIRECT RESPONSE PROVIDERS
Food provisions would be provided to local food banks, community centers as well as “last-mile” delivery providers.
Last-Mile Service Providers
CIF represents a new community response strategy that relies on outside dollars, new partners, and different delivery systems. Our success is measured by our ability to uplift all in the Cook It Forward Network. Our ﬁrst goals are:
- To deliver 50,000+ healthy meals to those in need, especially among communities of color who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
- To generate $500,000+ revenue for participating restaurants, which will ﬂow to restaurant employees, local farmers, and distributors
- To provide a mechanism to rehire or retain hundreds of hired or retained restaurant workers.
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.