In 2019, Bigger Table brought together a group of industry companies to donate time, services, know-how, ingredients, flavors, and skills to develop a No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa Mix with added protein and fiber to donate to area foodbanks. This collaborative project not only delivered a nutritious product to those who need it, but it pioneered a new way for companies to partner to feed the hungry.
Meeting Increasing Need
In May 2020, Bigger Table is doing this again at a greater scale. Bigger Table is convening partners and suppliers who participated in the initial pilot for an eight-week, accelerated project to create more than 200,000 servings high-protein chocolate meal replacement beverage vetted for nutrition, quality and safety, and more. This product will be distributed via partners such as the Northern Illinois Food Bank, with additional outreach to other groups as well. Bigger Table is reaching into the food supply chain to make real things happen—preventing real, nutritious food from being wasted, and getting it into the hands of those that need it most.
Grow Chicago Seed Fund
In partnership with Dobson Avenue Partners, we are supporting the launch of the Grow Chicago Fund, a Seed Fund designed to support women and minority entrepreneurs in the food & beverage space in the greater Chicago area.
Workforce Development for Food & Beverage Manufacturing
This program will provide industry employers with a pool of highly qualified entry-level, mid and high-skill-level workers to meet the production demands of the industry as well as provide workers with the appropriate skills to access quality food industry jobs. By helping train and connect people to opportunities in the food & beverage manufacturing, we can grow Chicagoland’s economy, and invest in our local communities. Contact us to learn more.