WHAT WE DO.

Cook It Forward is a non-profit advocacy arm of Rule No One Hospitality, Inc. with a mission to address ongoing inequities in our food systems.

We are all working collectively on social entrepreneurship, social equity, and social justice-- one meal at a time.

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Christine Ameigh, Owner of Christine's Kitchen and Slide Food Cart & Catering

*NEW - The WI Restaurant Revitalization Fund Giveback Campaign
 

STARTED JULY 2021 - PRESENT

Cook It Forward is raising funds for WI-based  "priority" restaurants owned by women, people of color and military veterans who were notified by the SBA in writing that they would receive Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants, but whose payments were halted on June 14th following the outcome of lawsuits in Texas and Tennessee that barred the SBA from distributing grants on the basis of race and sex. 

Funding Goal: We seek to help fund all minority-owned WI-based businesses who were notified by the SBA in writing that they would receive Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants, but whose payments were halted on June 14th, 2021.

 

Cook It Forward is starting our fundraising in Madison, with the intention to concentrate on Milwaukee and possibly other parts of the state thereafter.  We have isolated CocoVaa Chocolatier and Christine’s Kitchen in Madison as our first candidates to allocate donated funds.  Additional funds pledged leftover will be used as seed money to fund Black-owned hospitality businesses, chosen by the recipients of these funds.

Funding:

  • Current RRF Recipients: We invite and urge recipients of RRF funds in Wisconsin to pledge an amount equal to 3% of their grant to CIF.  To donate, please click here for more information.

  • Individual Donations - Cook It Forward is accepting donations from individuals and businesses here via credit card.  Click here to send a check.

  • Corporate Donations - We are accepting corporate donations to raise funds.  Contact us here.

Current Donating Restaurants

BelAir Cantina Madison, Ian's Pizza (Capital Square), Merchant, Sardine

The Cook It Forward Network Campaign - Fighting Food Insecurity
 
STARTED JUNE 2020 - ENDED JULY 2021
 
Cook It Forward partnered with Francesca Hong, (Chef/Co-Owner, Morris Ramen, State Representative) and Alnisa Allgood (Executive Director, Collaboration for Good) to develop an end-to-end distribution network to tackle food insecurity in Madison.  Participating restaurants and local nonprofit partners produced and distributed portable healthy, fresh meals for insecure families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  Last-mile distribution partners ensured that the growing number of individuals and families who needed the food, and without recourse to access it, received it.

Key Funding Goals & Measures:
$110,000 Raised by Individual donations and over $250,000 though corporate donations and grants

Program Goals & Measures:
# of Free Meals Delivered by Participating Restaurants: 26,499
# of Households Served: 462
# of Independent Restaurant Partners: 16
# of Participating Distribution Sites: 4
# of Last Mile Delivery Providers: 5
$ (Est) food purchased from farms, producers and distributors: $88,242
$ CIF Paid to Last Mile Distributors: $102,502 (80% Black and Brown-led)

Operating Partners

Operating Partners: Collaboration for Good, Inc.

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Collaboration for Good Executive Director Alnisa Allgood

Collab4Good provided targeted capacity building services for our food insecurity campaign, including communication and coordination with direct response providers— nonprofits and programs— who represent and work with the unmet food demand. 

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Restaurant Partners

Independent and locally-owned restaurants that share values of Inclusivity, Community, Industry, Humility, Positivity, Health, and Safety.  The starting roster includes: Ahan, Ancora Coffee, Banzo, Casetta Kitchen and Counter, D'VINO, Green Owl Cafe, Harvest, La Kitchenette, Lucille, Madtown Food Services, Merchant, Morris Ramen, Pasture & Plenty, The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant.

Last Mile Providers

Last Mile Distributors: Kennedy Heights Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Allied Wellness Center, FOSTER of Dane County, Urban Triage, Freedom Inc., EOTO LLC/Culturally Rooted, Allied Wellness/GROCC, Badger Rock Community Center, Fountains of Life

R.E Golden Inc. delivered meals to Last Meal Providers 

Funding Partners and Grants

American Family Insurance, Zendesk, Exact Sciences, The City of Madison

Taste of Madison Gives Back, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, FPC Live, Epic

Metcalfe’s Market, Mead & Hunt, Summit Credit Union, gener8tor, Dane County Credit Union, Data for Impact 2020, Park Bank, WIlly Street Co-op, UW Credit Union, Perdue Family Foundation, MG&E Foundation.

PRESS.

Tell Our Story

See below for high-res photos, logos, videos and press releases, high-res photos, and videos.  Thank you!

 

PRESS RELEASES 

AUGUST 4TH, 2021

WISCONSIN RRF RECIPIENTS JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP FUND MINORITY-OWNED WI-BASED RESTAURANTS

JUNE 1, 2020

MADISON RESTAURATEURS JOIN FORCES TO COOK FOR THOSE IN NEED

 JANUARY 28TH, 2021

COOK IT FORWARD AIMS TO BE AN AGENT FOR COVID RECOVERY IN 2021

NOVEMBER 13th, 2020

2,500 FREE MEALS ON THANKSGIVING SEASONED BY MADISON CHEFS

VIDEOS

Optional Video Credit: American Family Insurance

The Cook It Forward Story (2:56)

The Cook It Forward Cooking Demonstration, Chef Francesca Hong and Chef Andrew Vogel share the recipe for one of the Cook It Foward meals. October, 2020 (19:18)

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