The Cousins Subs® Make it Better Foundation Awards Community Clothes Closet, Inc. $1,000 Grant

Grant will help provide free clothing to impoverished families in the Fox Valley in Wisconsin

September 09, 2013 // // MILWAUKEE – The Cousins Subs® Make it Better Foundation has awarded Community Clothes Closet, Inc. a $1,000 grant to help provide free clothing to impoverished families in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin.

By providing free clothing to qualified families in need, Community Clothes Closet extends families’ financial resources so they can meet their other basic needs such as food, shelter, childcare, and medical care. Additionally, the organization’s “Cool for School” program provides new outfits, school supplies, and personal hygiene kits to disadvantaged, school-aged children.

“Community Clothes Closet addresses the needs of the many families living in the Fox Valley that are struggling to make ends meet,” said Christine Specht-Palmert, president and COO at Cousins Subs and president of the Make It Better Foundation. “The organization’s ‘Cool for School’ program addresses our Foundation’s focus on youth education. Children have the ability to increase their self esteem by picking out their own clothes and feeling prepared and confident when returning to school.”

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.

“We couldn’t maintain a successful program without the generosity of donors such as the Make It Better Foundation,” explained Patrick McHugh, outreach and development director at Community Clothes Closet. “We serve over 16,000 individuals a year. These individuals depend on us to provide them with clothing, a critical, basic need.”

“It’s also important to understand that our mission involves much more than providing clothing,” continued McHugh. “We offer an opportunity for impoverished children and adults to participate in everyday life without shame or embarrassment.”

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

About Cousins Subs®

Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 140 sub sandwich shops in six 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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