Our Mission is to fill community requests, as nominated by a dealer or vendor member, on a local, regional and national scale through the contribution of foodservice equipment and supplies, as well as funding for capital purchases and other needs.
What is Cooking Up Better Lives?
Cooking Up Better Lives was founded by the foodservice buying group, Excell Marketing in 2007. In collaboration with its dealer and vendor members, Cooking Up Better Lives seeks to improve the functionality, efficiency and value of community-based non-profit programs. It is the vision that shelters, homes, hospitals and other community-based entities in need of foodservice products or funds, have the opportunity to receive and leverage such contributions.
Cooking Up Better Lives provides an organized and national coordinating body for the foodservice industry to streamline, leverage and market – giving opportunities to those most in need. Ultimately, our dealer and vendor members around the nation advance in corporate good and social responsibility.
Cooking Up Better Lives has chosen a new nominee for the 2017 Better Lives Makeover: Creative Dreams Outreach Center in Houston, Texas.
A regional non-profit 501(c)(3) charity, Creative Dreams Outreach Center is an after-school arts and tutoring program for financially disadvantaged middle and high school students. They offer free art, dance, music lessons, and academic tutoring.
For the past 10 years, Creative Dreams has provided on average 200 meals per week, without a kitchen.
The founder of Creative Dreams, Jackie, states that “in the beginning I had no intention of providing meals. After about three months, I realized that it was hard for students who were hungry to complete homework or have the energy and concentration for creative classes. It is our hope that with the completion of a new building and kitchen, we will be able to not only serve freshly prepared meals to our students, but also have more opportunities to serve meals to the community where we are located.”
This nominee was brought forth by one of Excell’s dealers, Hangman Corp. / Maverick, who is very passionate about this cause and will be donating the kitchen design services as well as warehousing, delivery, and installation.
To learn more, visit: http://creativedoc.org