SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY OF SMALL & INDEPENDENT FOOD BUSINESSES

This moment is a time to come together, support one another, and lean into the community we’ve built.

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Resources

We’re maintaining an updated list of resources, including funding, HR, revenue alternatives, worker safety best practices, and managing finances in our Small Food Business COVID-19 Resource Guide, updated almost daily.

Proud to be collaborating with incredible partners in this work, including Lawyers for Civil Rights, BECMA, Amplify LatinX, Boston Ujima Project and Foundation for Business Equity. We’re partnering on policy and funding, training and technical support, and investing more than $800,000 in Black and LatinX businesses through the Business Equity Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

Food Business Network

We’re managing a “Boston Local Food Business” listserv for food businesses across the Greater Boston Area to let our business community more easily connect to one another directly and share experiences, challenges, ideas, and generally provide a community of support. To request to join this group, send a note to roz@commonwealthkitchen.org with your name, business name, and location.

Advocacy

We’re advocating for funding resources, policy changes, and other support across all levels of government to ensure our small business community has a seat at the table and that the issues of equity, access, and opportunity are front and center in all recovery plans.

HERE'S HOW WE'RE SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS AT THE KITCHEN

  • Supporting our businesses by waiving kitchen fees from mid-March through the end of May -- no storage, membership, kitchen minimums (approximately $80,000 total)
  • Holding webinars (with lots of time for Q+A!) on topics like unemployment, HR, and accessing capital during this time.
  • Coaching members through tough decisions on pausing operations, pivoting their business model, or deciding if now is not the moment to keep trying to stand up a business in an industry as challenging and complex as food.
  • For members selling online or with delivery, we’re operating our kitchens with only one member at a time, following strict protocols around sanitation and social distancing to limit exposure risk.

SUPPORT OUR MEMBER COMPANIES

A number of CWK member companies are still operating during this time! You can support by ordering online, attending their online cooking classes, buying gift cards, and supporting fundraising efforts. Many CWK member companies offer their products on the “Boston Virtual Farmer’s Market” through the Market 2Day app

And of course, when possible, please BUY LOCAL. Support small, local, independent businesses, and particularly invest in those owned and operated by women, immigrants, and people of color!

Despite this challenging moment, we have enormous hope and optimism in the awesome power of our community to achieve our collective mission of building a new food economy grounded in racial, social and economic justice.

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