Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What is the mission of The Global Food and Drink Initiative?
Answer:  The Global Food and Drink Initiative (GFDI) was founded in 2020 to expand the work that began in 2009 with Cuisine Noir Magazine.  The mission of GFDI is to share, connect and preserve the history and culture of the African Diaspora through food, drink and travel. It is important that as Black people, we lead the narratives about our contributions and most importantly connect with one another and document loudly so that the past and present are always known in the future to come. 

Question #2: How founded GFDI and why?
Answer: Founder Sheree Williams, who is also the publisher of Cuisine Noir, wanted to create an organization that not only empowered their work as Black media but also helped to create more spaces to have conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in food, drink and travel and also provide important tools, resources and information to both Black consumers and business owners. 

Question #3: How is the organization funded?
Answer: The Global Food and Drink Initiative is funded in a variety of ways to carry out its work. The first is through donations from our donors who understand our mission and the importance of making sure Black media exists to tell stories in a way only they can do. Through its media properties, it also receives advertising and sponsorship revenue. Lastly, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the organization is eligible to apply for and receive grants for the work it is doing.

Question #4: How does The Global Food and Drink Initiative carry out its mission and work?
Answer:  The Global Food and Initiative owns four media properties that help it share narratives, information and resources to connect the African Diaspora.  Cuisine Noir Magazine which the founder re-launched on September 1, 2009, is the country and world’s first Black culinary publication of its kind that is available digitally and in print.  The Culinary Scoop blog shares resources, events and opportunities as well for foodies/home cooks, wine lovers and travel enthusiasts “one scoop at a time.”  Its new media platform, Diaspora Food Stories podcast, was introduced on July 1, 2022, to expand on conversations with industry trailblazers, influences and superstars throughout the African Diaspora.

Question #5: Are donations tax-deductible?
Answer: Yes, all donations made to The Global Food and Drink Initiative are 100% tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Our tax ID is 85-3525143.

Question #6: What Other Ways Can People Support The Global Food and Drink Initiative, its media properties and work?
Answer: We appreciate financial support such as direct donations as well as donations through third parties programs such as Amazon Smile. Individuals and organizations can also support GFDI by sharing our work with others to spread the word.