Pay it Forward: Power a Business & Feed the Homeless

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COVID-19 has put a strain on all of us but members of Detroit’s most vulnerable community and local restaurants may be feeling it even more: Michigan restaurants lost $491M in sales and 72,000 jobs due to coronavirus, forcing many local restaurants to close their doors. Additionally, the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) had to transfer nearly 100 homeless residents to a new shelter that allows for greater social distancing but lacks an operating kitchen.

The Pay it Forward campaign was started to support minority-owned businesses from across the city to provide catered dinners for about 100 residents. By paying your meal forward, you’re buying NSO’s homeless population a much-needed, top-notch meal, and helping some of Detroit’s favorite restaurants stay open and pay staff. The goal is to raise enough money to cater meals for those in need throughout the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. Each time $5,000 is raised, it unlocks another week of meals!

Learn more about the participating restaurants below, and make a contribution to the campaign here.

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    The Detroit Pepper Company

    The Detroit Pepper Company - East Warren Avenue, Detroit MI

    A restaurant in Detroit's East English Village that specializes in stuffed peppers.

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    Norma G's

    Norma G's - East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit MI

    Norma G's is a new restaurant in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit that reflects the array of cultures that make up Caribbean cuisine.

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    Yumvillage - Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI

    Yum Village started out as a food truck and opened up their brick and mortar location in New Center last year! They serve Afro-Caribbean food in a fast-casual setting.

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    T-Mo’s BBQ Pit

    T-Mo’s BBQ Pit - West McNichols Road, Detroit MI

    A classic carry-out barbecue joint off of Livernois and McNichols on the west side - try the bbq fries!

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    Rincon Tropical

    Rincon Tropical - Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI

    Home made style dishes that reflect the authentic cuisine of Puerto Rico, located on Michigan Avenue in Southwest Detroit.

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    Lucki's Cheesecakes - 6 Mile

    Lucki's Cheesecakes - 6 Mile - West McNichols Road, Detroit MI

    Lucki's Gourmet Cheesecakes is a favorite on West McNichols, with several other locations throughout the city. In addition to cheesecake they also serve desserts, cakes, and homemade ice cream.

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    TERRI'S CAKES DETROIT - East Warren Avenue, Detroit MI

    A family owned bakery in East English Village that specializes in cakes and other desserts.

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    Table No. 2

    18925 Livernois - Detroit, MI 48221 USA

    Fine dining on the avenue of fashion, Table No. 2 uses seasonal and local ingredients to offer a great dining experience.

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    Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

    9215 E Jefferson Ave - Detroit, MI 48214 USA

    A new restaurant in the East Village neighborhood offering modern American food.

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