Stories and Updates

Message from the Founder

Message from the Founder

Breadcoin's founder on why Breadcoin was created for such a time as this: Scott Borger is a Ph.D. economist who in 2016 partnered with Cary Umhau to create the Breadcoin food token that is feeding the community, supporting local food vendors, and providing loans to...

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Breadcoin Microloans

Breadcoin Microloans

Investors help vendors grow their businesses with low-interest loans that are paid back in Breadcoins. A unique feature of Breadcoin is our microloan program. We match investors with needs and desires that our vendors have to grow their businesses. Vendors with whom...

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More about Mama’s

More about Mama’s

We love this radio story from several years ago about our vendor Mama's Pizza Kitchen, which is still going strong (and now accepting Breadcoins). Listen in to Rebecca Sheir of WAMU. Here's a snippet: Musa and Fatima have been in business in Anacostia since 2012. Here...

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Membership Model

Membership Model

Much of Breadcoin was obvious from the beginning: We certainly knew the "why" (people are hungry, and we all can and should meet one another's needs). We knew where we would start (where our team was, in Washington, DC). We knew that there are many good-hearted people...

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Our First Loan Payoff

Our First Loan Payoff

Breadcoin had a glorious celebration of our three-year partnership with the Central Union Mission, DC and of the payoff of our first microloan, the lease of a food trailer for their Mission Muffins enterprise. WGTS 91.9 was broadcasting live, and we love the wonderful...

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Kipp DC, Partner

Kipp DC, Partner

Breadcoin and KIPP DC, a charter school, have an exciting new partnership. Our donor-funded Breadcoins go into the hands of the counseling staff at each of the three schools that serve Pre-K to eighth grade on the KIPP DC: Webb Campus in the Ivy City neighborhood....

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Anacostia Community Clean-up Day

Anacostia Community Clean-up Day

Community has always been at the heart of Breadcoin’s mission. The community food tokens are designed to foster engagement, generating face-to-face connections between people of all walks of life who call the same city home. That’s why it felt natural to team up with...

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Jerry Gill

Jerry Gill

Jerry Gill is not the type of man you’d expect to have served 40 years in prison. Now in his mid-60s, Jerry has large, gentle eyes, and his short hair shares the same salt-and-pepper seasoning that President Obama developed in his last years in office, nature’s badge...

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Ali’s Hot Dog Stand

Ali’s Hot Dog Stand

Can a hot dog change a city? It’s not an idea you’ll hear discussed on Capitol Hill, but a new vendor in downtown Metro Center believes it’s true. In his old life, Ali was an Arabic professor at a university here in D.C. Today, he spends his days inside a tiny metal...

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Restorative Giving

Restorative Giving

Breadcoin is an organization established to return an upside down financial system right side up through the issuance of a giving token. Breadcoin intends to fuse global finance with the character of local barter and usher in a new era of restorative giving that meets...

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The Breadcoin Approach

The Breadcoin Approach

The vision of Breadcoin is to connect businesses that are feeding our community with people who want to give to those in need. A system that began in DC with a pilot location around Union Station is also being customized to fit Portland, Oregon's thriving food scene...

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