Accountability

Gratitude
A simple, bountiful, from the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU to everyone who made a purchase from us this year, has plans to include us in your festivities this week, has shared a post, told a friend, read a newsletter, and otherwise just supported our team with a kind smile. We are here because of you, our amazing team who has been working tirelessly under challenging circumstances, and the passionate and talented producers we represent. Thank you.

Accountability
As you know, we’re mission driven to Do Good. Eat Good. One of the ways we live our #DoGoodEatGood mission is to donate to our community - be it our local Austin community or a national community of good food makers. Whether it’s spotlighting a nonprofit as our #CharitableCheeseCause of the month and donating a portion of sales to them or contributing to fundraiser auctions, donating product, or providing in-kind services of our labor, it is now tradition for us to send a Thanksgiving email to you mentioning the nonprofits we’ve supported for the year. We additionally continued to provide discounts to all nonprofits (not mentioned below). In this, our 10th year of business, we supported the following organizations:
Charitable Cheese Cause Partners
World Wildlife Fund Australia Wildfire Relief - Good Politics - Waterloo Greenway - LifeWorks - Red Arena - Equality Texas - The Trail Foundation - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Generation Serve - Green Corn Project - CASA of Central Texas - Slow Food Austin

Nonprofit Boards & Committee Work
The Thinkery - American Cheese Education Foundation - Les Dames d’Escoffier - Austin Child Guidance Center - Philanthropitch - Local Business Institute - Impact Austin

Other Donations
The Arc of the Capital Area - JDRF - The Kindness Campaign - Culturati - Doss Elementary - Austin Food & Wine Alliance - Sustainable Food Center - Bryker Woods Elementary - Hyde Park Montessori - Austin Smiles - Junior League of Austin - International Nanny Training Day - Austin Speech Labs - Urban Roots - American Cheese Month - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas - Breast Cancer Resource Center - Central Texas Young Farmers Alliance - Cheese Culture Coalition - Austin Center for Grief and Loss - Western Dairy Goat Breeders Wildfire Relief Fund - Rogue Creamery Wildfire Relief Fund - Latino Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund - Rowing Club of Austin - Nourish Foundation - Trinity Child Development Center - St. Andrew’s Financial Aid - Well Aware - Center for Child Protection - Texas Royals Philanthropy for Alzheimer’s Texas - Austin Young Chamber - Oldways Cheese Coalition - Outdoor Discovery Center - VELA - National Ovarian Cancer Coalition - Colorado River Alliance - Casa Marianela - Valor Public Schools - SAFE - Annunciation Maternity Home - Lizzy’s Animal Hospice - Austin Pets Alive - Hound Rescue - Out Youth - Swan Songs - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - 33 Tigers Bail Relief Fund - Jeremiah Program - Partners in Parenting - Capitol School of Austin - Cheeseletes - Breakthrough Central Texas - El Buen Samaritano - Refugee Services of Texas.

Memberships & Affiliations
Good Food Foundation - American Cheese Society - Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce - Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

We also committed to dive more meaningfully into equity work - not only personally but throughout our business:
  • 7 of 8 managers have taken Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations (including the intro course, as well as the two-day seminar)
  • Either Kendall or John serve on the following “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging” (DEIB) Committees: Impact Austin, The Thinkery, American Cheese Education Foundation, Les Dames d’Escoffier International
  • Financial contributions to organizations committed to BIPOC inclusivity and advancement, including Cheese Culture Coalition, Austin Justice Coalition, Latino Community Foundation, The Innocence Project, American Gateways
  • Intentional review, diversification, and representation of makers in our shop (brought in a dozen new producers), as well as more collaborations together

Our hearts are full. In the (ongoing) face of adversity and knowing many folks are hurting, we are just grateful we get to keep doing what we love. If you see other ways we can do it better, please let us know. In the meantime, we wish you light & love.



Stay Cheese - y!

John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.