Patty's Cheesecake Turtle Cheesecake

You can now find Patty's Cheesecake at local Schnucks stores.

Schnucks is making it easier than ever to support Black-owned businesses.

The local grocery chain, which began rolling out ready-to-eat products from local restaurants including Crushed Red, Nudo House, Revel Kitchen and more during the COVID-19 pandemic, has expanded the program to include nearly 20 Black-owned businesses. 

"We saw how much the Black community was hurting, and we were kind of thinking about what we could do to help," says Andy DeCou, who runs the specialty cheese category for Schnucks in addition to building partnerships with local restaurants. "So many people were talking about things, but there was nothing really tangible getting done. My boss sent me the list Feast did and I emailed almost everybody or went on Facebook and reached out to over 60 people. Right now, we have 17 or 18 that have responded that are going to be in stores."

Customers can now look for items from Black-owned businesses including Big Mama's BBQ, Bold Spoon CreameryCathy's Kitchen, The Fattened Caf, Ms. Piggy's Smokehouse, Patty's Cheesecake, Royally Baked and more. Items range from sauces to desserts to entrees; The Fattened Caf, for instance, is offering a chicken barbecue plate and Filipino longanisa.

"For me, this has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done in a very long time," Decou says. "Our company internal message is 'we’re here to nourish people’s lives,' and that’s more than just selling groceries. Schnucks, being a local company, we were looking at other local restaurants and retailers and thinking how we can help and what we can do to lift these guys up with COVID and the racial tension. At the heart, that’s it – we really want to do something to help these restaurants that are struggling."

For a full list of participating restaurants and Schnucks stores, click here.

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