Announcing a New DC Vendor: Lula Mae’s Gardin Food Truck and Catering

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Lula Mae’s Gardin Food Truck and Catering

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. welcomes a new caterer and food truck, Lula Mae’s Gardin, to our growing list of vendors that people can visit or that our distribution partners can cater from. 

Lula Mae’s Gardin has a food truck that is in Lanham, Maryland at 9800 Good Luck Road, Wednesday through Friday noon to 8 and in Brookland, DC at the intersection of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Saturdays from noon to 8.

Billed as “grandma’s home cooking to fuel your soul,” we can attest to the joy of the pineapple upside down cake, and those crabcakes sure do look good!

Children’s National Hospital Is Now Giving and Receiving Breadcoins

Children’s National Hospital Is Now Giving and Receiving Breadcoins

Children’s National Hospital is participating in a groundbreaking usage of the Breadcoin food token, a tool to feed the community. Children’s, beginning today, is both a distribution partner and a Breadcoin vendor.

Imagine a scenario where someone already struggling to pay for food for their family has a child admitted to the hospital or who needs to visit there regularly for treatment. In addition to food-insecurity, now there is the stress inherent in a potentially frightening situation and, also, the need to eat meals in or around the hospital during the confinement.

Enter Breadcoin.

Social workers at Children’s, under the direction of Gayle Gilmore (Manager of Family Services) and Brenda Shepherd-Vernon (Director, Social Work, Chaplaincy and Language Services) are using Breadcoins to give a range of food options to these families they serve. The Breadcoins can be used directly in the hospital during a stay or at other vendors around DC and Baltimore to allow these families in crisis situations to get a meal on the way home, the next day or as needed. This alleviates that extra stress of “how will I feed the family?” at a time when a child is sick.

Ryan Maddock, who oversees the Emergency Department’s social work component, and Heidi Colbert, who leads Outpatient Dialysis social workers, will be piloting the use of the coins in their departments first, and as additional funding is added from our generous Breadcoin members, Children’s will be able to extend the use of Breadcoins to satellite locations and other departments, giving more and more families access to an additional way to get food around a stressful hospital stay.

The Dr. Bear’s Café and Café Express accept Breadcoins like cash for their $2.20 value. Families can choose what to eat including a salad from the Salad Robot! As with all our vendors, our Breadcoin team collects the Breadcoins redeemed by recipients and pays Morrison Healthcare, which is flexibly innovating to adapt this additional way for its employees to help feed the community through the Breadcoin food token. We appreciate the work of Genevieve Potvin, Senior Director of Nutrition Services, and Cheryl Brown, Assistant Director of Operations, on Morrison’s end, who have worked to implement the plan.

And we are excited about the potential of this micro-economy within the hospital (and beyond) that links those who are hungry or food-insecure with an extra level of care by the hospital social work department and a food service company that cares about more than the bottom line.

The possibilities are limitless in this partnership where the need is great. The ability to help hurting families thrills everybody involved. Thank you to our current Breadcoin members who make this partnership (and so many other nonprofit partnerships) possible.


To become a Breadcoin member for $25/month and put more coins into the hands of social workers in relationship with families with a child being treated at Children’s, click here.

Summer in the 5th District

Summer in the 5th District

Summer has seen much action with the always-creative and hardworking Outreach Team of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 5th district.

Officers Ishby, Hamilton and others are always looking for new ways to live out the “We are here to help” motto, and Breadcoin has been a significant part of their strategy as they use Breadcoins to feed hungry folks and treat kids who may be out and about without lots of food. They are using Breadcoins at public health and fitness events, giving them directly to homeless residents on the streets, setting up events where they build relationships and answer questions residents may have.

The 5D Outreach Team along with Captain Merrill engaged 52 Carver/Langston residents in a fun trivia game designed to spark conversation as part of the District’s coronavirus response. As a gift, bags of toiletries and food along with Breadcoins were provided as new relationships were built.

At another event 5D’s Outreach Team along with Captain Merrill addressed food insecurities for over 60 residents in PSA 507. Residents enjoyed an opportunity to get a free meal from Breadcoin vendor partner, Royal Rooster, in exchange for answering trivia questions. The Captain was able to answer over 60 questions for residents which led to meaningful conversations.

Officers have gotten food from Captain Cookie and OMG Latin Flavors, also Breadcoin vendors, and fed families and kids with that.

At the heart of Breadcoin are partners like the Washington DC Police Foundation, with officers like these in 5D on the front lines of caring for folks in need.

Announcing Two New Vendors

Announcing Two New Vendors

WASHINGTON, DC – A DC-based organization announced two new participating vendors in Washington, D.C. accepting breadcoin tokens as payment for food and drinks at their establishments. Cary Umhau (pictured above) is enjoying a hot dog at Ali’s Hot Dog Stand.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome the new vendors. We are thankful for all of the food providers committed to the DC community. Please check out all of the participating locations in the Breadcoin Network.

The new vendors are:

Ali’s Hot Dog Stand
corner of 10th St. & F St., NW

Captain Cookie and the Milkman
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
3 food trucks in various DC-area locations.