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–Grant will help ensure that no one in Dane County suffers from food insecurity–

Madison, Wis. (February 11th, 2014) – The Cousins Subs® Make it Better Foundation has awarded a grant to the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) to sponsor its food pantry.  The program serves an average of 1,000 households in need every month.

The MOM Food Pantry operates year-round, six days a week and operates under a unique, “come as often as you need” model, in which qualified families choose what they need from the pantry, as often as they need it.  Additionally, the pantry offers a Mobile Food Pantry – the only local food pantry to do so – to meet the needs of those who are unable to visit the food pantry because of transportation or disability issues.

“Our primary goal is to keep pace with the demand for food in our service area so that no one suffers from food insecurity,” explained Al Ripp, executive director of MOM.  “Our wish is that we want every parent to know how they can provide their next meal for their children and that every child may be secure knowing that he/she will not have to go bed hungry.”
The Make it Better Foundation has established three areas of interest it believes are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education.

“MOM’s food pantry fulfills the Make It Better Foundation’s mission to Make It A Better Day through their mission to end hunger,” said Christine Specht-Palmert, president and COO of Cousins Subs, and president of the Make It Better Foundation.  “Hunger is an every day problem for so many families; the MOM Food Pantry is helping to address this issue by providing over 65,000 pounds of food every month to families in need.”

To learn how you can donate or volunteer to MOM, please visit   

Nonprofit and community organizations interested in more information on how to apply for a grant can visit


Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 130 sub sandwich shops in four states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own handcrafted touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, “Better Bread. Better Subs. Better Day.” The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs store, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-one years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to “Make it a Better Day” in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.



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