Food waste is a hugely vast problem. Working in the food industry, I became acutely aware of the enormity of waste that occurs in restaurants (and elsewhere). Every year, 40 million tons of food is wasted in the US alone. Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 10 American families are food insecure or hungry; they do not know when or where their next meal will come from. In Arizona, where Cooking Up Luv is based, 1 in 6 families are food insecure. I decided to do something about this - however small - to support organizations fighting food waste and hunger. That is why 20% of every purchase from Cooking Up Luv is donated to this cause.
My designs are inspired by elements of daily work in a kitchen. I start by taking a picture of my subject, draw in any details, then digitize it. After that, I send it off to my local screen printing partners to do their magic! At the end of each month, 20% of sales are donated to an independently vetted charity.
Thank you for reading about Cooking Up Luv!
- Melissa Renee, Pastry Cook & Founder
To fight food waste and hunger by providing quality apparel relevant to the food industry.
In its first three weeks of existence, donations from Cooking Up Luv have been sufficient to provide 89 meals for people in need through Waste Not Arizona.