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!

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Family and Food over Everything Food Truck and Catering

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Family and Food over Everything Food Truck and Catering

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. welcomes a new caterer and food truck, available by request, to our growing list of stellar businesses accepting Breadcoins.

The latest is Family and Food over Everything. Their motto is “where love and loyalty collide with great cuisine,” and they offer perennial favorites like ribs, brisket, hot dogs, salmon, veggie meatballs… such a variety. You’ll have to explore their menu, available by request, yourself.

Pictured here are some of their team “giving back” at a community event with Trayon White, DC Council Member.

Announcing a New DC Catering Vendor: Bread par Avion

Announcing a New DC Catering Vendor: Bread par Avion

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, DC, accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome Ledo Pizza (7435 Georgia Avenue, NW) as our newest vendor in the Brightwood neighborhood.

Currently operating for catering or phone-in orders, Ledo is a popular DC-area restaurant, originally begun in College Park, Maryland.

Their trademark square pizzas are stellar for families, events, feeding a crowd.

We’re grateful to have this Ledo location as part of our network of food establishments feeding the community with dignity and without stigma. Our food vendors are at the heart of our efforts, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Get yourself some Ledo food, and tell them Breadcoin sent you!

Announcing a DC Farmers Market and Several New Vendors in It

Announcing a DC Farmers Market and Several New Vendors in It

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. has several new participating vendors in Washington, DC, at the popular and well-organized Park View Farmers Market. They are accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their stalls in this indoor market.

RavenHook Bakehouse, already a Breadcoin vendor, is now accepting Breadcoins at Park View and at any of their other markets around the city.

Charlie’s Empanadas, a fabulous Argentinian empanada business, accepts Breadcoins at Park View (and for catering orders). 

Just AJ’s is a vegan hot dog (“veenie”) business. Packaged for preparing at home, these healthy hot dogs come in creative flavors.

And Number 1 Sons is another new vendor at Park View. Pickles, kombucha, kimchi and other pickled favorites are welcome additions to our vendor offerings. They operate also at Eastern Market where we already have a presence with RavenHook and at multiple markets in the DMV area.

All of these vendors increase the variety of foods folks can choose using Breadcoins, exactly what we had in mind in working towards everyone being fed with the dignity of choice.

Park View is located at 3400 Georgia Avenue, NW, DC in Hook Hall. It operates on Sundays from 10 to 2. Market manager Rebecca Bailey does a fabulous job in  her role hosting and promoting these businesses and in creating a safe and Covid-appropriate environment. The vendors rotate and each week’s list can be seen on  the Park View website. Be sure and check out our vendors’ other markets where Breadcoins are welcome too.

Our Breadcoin team will be on site at the market on April 11. Come by, buy some Breadcoins to share with others at the great vendors there, learn about what we do, experience the market.

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Ledo Pizza (7435 Georgia Avenue, NW)

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Ledo Pizza (7435 Georgia Avenue, NW)

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, DC, accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome Ledo Pizza (7435 Georgia Avenue, NW) as our newest vendor in the Brightwood neighborhood.

Currently operating for catering or phone-in orders, Ledo is a popular DC-area restaurant, originally begun in College Park, Maryland.

Their trademark square pizzas are stellar for families, events, feeding a crowd.

We’re grateful to have this Ledo location as part of our network of food establishments feeding the community with dignity and without stigma. Our food vendors are at the heart of our efforts, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Get yourself some Ledo food, and tell them Breadcoin sent you!

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Farmers & Distillers

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Farmers & Distillers

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, DC, accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome Farmers & Distillers, part of the community-minded, farmer-owned restaurant group, Founding Farmers.

Breadcoins are certainly welcome at the restaurant at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, DC for socially-distanced indoor or outdoor dining but also for takeaway at their First Bake counter inside. 

As always Breadcoin can be used for food or non-alcoholic beverages, and we advocate tipping generously.

Farmers & Distillers has an active role in working with community partners throughout the city, particularly in Wards 7 and 8, and we are excited about the multiplication effect of the good work they have long been doing, combined with Breadcoin members funding more possibilities. One particular partner Farmers works with is Exodus Treatment Center and its Homework Club, run by Bishop Gary Hill. Breadcoin also partners with this stellar program which uses Breadcoins to feed those they serve.

Purchasing and using Breadcoins oneself at our food vendors is another way to support the network beyond funding Breadcoins that go to nonprofits feeding their clients in the community.

We all deserve choice and good food, and Breadcoin serves as a community coin for all, insuring everyone is fed and treated with dignity and without stigma.

We are proud to welcome this newest partner, Farmers & Distillers.

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.

Announcing a New DC Vendor: America’s Best Wings

Announcing a New DC Vendor: America’s Best Wings

WASHINGTON, DC – Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, D.C. accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome the new vendor at 2863 Alabama Avenue, SE.

America’s Best Wings is a favorite, and this is the first of what we hope will be many locations participating in our network.

Check out their food here. We’re partial to the habañero mango wings.

Announcing a New DC Vendor: GreenIsland Bakery

Announcing a New DC Vendor: GreenIsland Bakery

Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, DC, accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome GreenIsland Bakery, an Irish and European bakery that accepts Breadcoin orders by telephone.

Owner Caroline Johnston bakes traditional Northern Irish favorites and offers many gift packs. GreenIsland Bakery operates as part of the Union Kitchen business accelerator.

Announcing Two New DC Vendors: IHOP

Announcing Two New DC Vendors: IHOP

WASHINGTON, DC – Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced two new participating vendors in Washington, D.C. accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome two family-owned IHOPS, one at 1523 Alabama Avenue, SE in Congress Heights and another at 3100 14th Street, NW in Columbia Heights.

Community-oriented restaurants, these two IHOPS are ready to welcome Breadcoin users with takeout options and customer service that’s at the core of what they do. 

We’re thrilled to welcome them to our network of vendors feeding the city in DC.

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Sandovan Restaurant

Announcing a New DC Vendor: Sandovan Restaurant

WASHINGTON, DC – Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, D.C. accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome the new vendor in the Petworth Neighborhood.

We are thankful for all of the food providers committed to the DC community and welcome Sandovan Restaurant, a Jamaican restaurant with authentic food and music, to our growing roster of vendors.

Announcing a New DC Vendor: RavenHook Bakehouse

Announcing a New DC Vendor: RavenHook Bakehouse

WASHINGTON, DC – Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, D.C. accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome the new vendor, currently serving Capitol Hill and the Eastern Market area through the Saturday and Tuesday farmers market.

We are thankful for all of the food providers committed to the DC community and welcome RavenHook Bakehouse to our growing roster of vendors.

RavenHook will add more of its market locations to Breadcoin network as time goes on.

Stop by and enjoy their hearty breads, scones, cookies and more and tell them Breadcoin sent you.

 

Announcing a New DC Vendor: J&J Mex Taqueria

Announcing a New DC Vendor: J&J Mex Taqueria

WASHINGTON, DC – Breadcoin Foundation, Ltd. announced a new participating vendor in Washington, D.C. accepting Breadcoin tokens as payment for food at their establishment.

Breadcoin is excited to welcome the new vendor, J&J Mex Taqueria, in the Brightwood neighborhood.

A bright, family owned business, J&J welcomes the community morning, noon and night for hearty tacos, burritos and Mexican fare (and breakfast all day). 

Stop in (or order ahead) and meet Jose and his family as you grab a meal for you or a crowd.

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.

Langston Area Explosion

Langston Area Explosion

Pastor William Spence, board member, Breadcoin leader and neighborhood captain too (and those are only his Breadcoin jobs; did we mention he ably leads Harvest Life Fellowship?)… well he’s been busy signing up new Breadcoin vendors.

The corner of Benning Roads and 19th Street, NE now has not one but three Breadcoin vendors — Royal Rooster, Wings ‘N More Wings, and Langston Bar and Grille. Each accepts Breadcoins for payment, giving area folks a variety of options for using their Breadcoins. We are partial, respectively, to the cheese steak sandwich, the wings and the sliders, all priced for just a few Breadcoins.

Breadcoin food tokens are given to hungry folks to use at such vendors by our nonprofit partners. A particularly active partner in the Langston neighborhood is the Washington DC Police Foundation and we see 5th District Metropolitan Police Department outreach officers using coins at these vendors to help feed folks with whom they are doing anti-crime initiatives, youth mentoring, or just checking in on families isolated at home.

Stop on over to any of these places and meet the friendly staffs and eat something good. Tell them Breadcoin sent you!

Food and groceries distribution events

Food and groceries distribution events

Working together with a number of partners, we are excited to be operating in an additional way during this pandemic time.

Folks are driving and walking up to various locations in the city, with different church and nonprofit partners hosting the events, and leaving with boxes full of healthy, fresh food, milk, canned goods and sustenance for the week ahead.

Here’s how it’s been working. We are working with Jay Baylor, a priest from Apostles in the City in Baltimore, who is aggregating food through an organization called Blessings of Hope in Pennsylvania. Adding milk and eggs to fresh produce, boxes are packed and prepared for shipment. Jay works with us and other partners in Baltimore and DC to plan where a truckload will go and who will “sponsor” it, paying for and preparing to hand out the boxes that arrive.

Volunteers gather and are oriented around safety procedures and an attitude and atmosphere of hospitable welcome for the guests. They unload the truck and get ready for the folks to show up to the advertised location to get their free food.

As the parking lot empties out, everybody goes home — whether with a full box of groceries or simply with some tired but satisfied shoulders.

It’s been powerful to see all the different “players” show up each week to join our own team, whether a nonprofit with lots of people to invite, a church with a large parking lot, volunteers and long tables, or somebody with a van to deliver a few boxes to organizations that didn’t have their own vehicle.

It works! 

Recently volunteers and organizers (some pictured below) have included people from DC Dream Center, King’s Church, DC; Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Wounded No More, and others.

 

Mother’s Day Surprise

Mother’s Day Surprise

The outreach team from the 5th District of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department paid surprise visits to seniors and others in their area, dispensing roses, candles, and cookies and muffins from Breadcoin vendor Mission Muffins.

This Mother’s Day surprise was an encouragement to the women, especially during a pandemic!

A partnership between the Washington, DC Police Foundation and Breadcoin has provided the officers with a new tool to use in building positive community relationships, feeding people and showing up to let people know they care.

During this challenging time for small businesses, Breadcoin vendors, including Mission Muffins (which is doing its business by online orders with delivery or pickup) have stayed open. A win/win for partners like the DC Police Foundation and for vendors too!

More about Mama’s

More about Mama’s

‘Cooking With Love’ For Anacostia Residents At Mama’s Pizza Kitchen

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 at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and V Street SE, they serve up fresh pizza, lasagna, sandwiches, wings and barbecue, for take-out, delivery or dining in.

“Mama does everything from scratch,” Musa explains. “It’s just like at home, I’m telling you.”

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 work they do in the community, including their current sock drive! They interviewed Cary Umhau, one of our co-founders, about our work, introducing their listeners to the idea of becoming Breadcoin members.

Our team, friends, Breadcoin and Mission fans cheered over the key moment when our founder Scott Borger handed over the deed to the trailer to Mission President/CEO Joe Mettimano.

We consider our partnership with the Mission a match made in heaven.