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Online campaign helping minority-owned restaurants in Detroit

Posted at 5:43 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 07:31:41-04

DETROIT — A Detroit restaurant owner is doing his part to help pay it forward to other minority-owned restaurants all while helping donate food.

Godwin Ihentuge is the owner of Yum Village. He started Yum Village as a food truck, serving up African-Caribbean food. Back in April 2019, he set up shop on Woodward just south of Grand Boulevard.

Ihentuge isn’t just focusing on keeping his own business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic but other minority-owned restaurants as well.

“When you think about it, all of those businesses that are minority-owned, that are not able to survive anymore will unfortunately go through a pandemic that breaks the few minority-owned businesses that were being operated in the city,” said Ihentuge.

Ihentuge along with other like-minded people started the ‘Pay if Forward' online campaign. The campaign is meant to collect donations to help pay for food from restaurants in Detroit that are minority-owned.

They already surpassed their online goal of $50,000, but are still accepting donations from those wanting to help.

The money is then used to pay for food donations, giving back to organizations like Neighborhood Service Organization, Alternative for Girls, Detroit Phoenix Center and Coalition for Temporary Shelter.

Another way you can help is ordering out from one of the restaurants the 'Pay it Forward' campaign is helping:

  • Detroit Pepper Company
  • Norma G’s Gouvia
  • T’Mo’s BBQ
  • Rincon Tropical
  • Table 2
  • Ivy’s Kitchen and Cocktails
  • Terri’s Cakes
  • Lucki’s Cheesecakes
  • Orchid Thai
  • The Food Exchange

Pay it Forward is also teaming up with Black and Mobile for food delivery. Their focus is delivering food from minority owned business.