meals for those in need
retaining restaurant employees
we support restaurants to pay workers, rent, and their suppliers.
to support local farms, producers, and distributors
for local drop-off sites
85% Service Providers are Black- and Brown-led nonprofits
About Cook it Forward
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, Wis. We partner with Madison restaurants to produce healthy, fresh meals for families, seniors, and people with disabilities experiencing food insecurity. The meals are 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 supply health, fresh meals to those who are food insecure in Madison, especially communities of color disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Donated dollars are paid to participating restaurants, nonprofit partners, and last mile service responders thereby uplifting the entire the food system.
1 year Individual Giving Goal
Participating in the Cook It Forward Network and being able to get paid for the frontline work we do...It's been hard, this will allow us to keep providing mental health and well-being services for a few more months.