Dave Heide named his first two Madison, WI restaurants after his children. When his third child was born, Heide wanted to do something a little different. Instead of focusing on food and funding, Heide wanted to serve his Madison neighbors.
Named after his young son, Little John’s opened to serve Southern Wisconsin residents living with food insecurity. Heide collects donated fresh produce from local stores, prepares nutrient-dense meals, gives them to local programs that work with the elderly and hungry, and serves the public on a pay-what-you-can-basis.
Heide plans for Little John’s to serve 2 million meals each year.