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Chairman’s Corner: Why Are We Here?

Bread for the City’s Chairman of the Board, Paul R. Taskier, reflects on poverty, racism, food justice, the wealth gap, and why Bread for the City does what we do.

Food Pantry

Bags of free groceries for BFC clients.

Client and Groceries

Client receiving a grocery bag at BFC's NW Center food pantry.

Allison Miles-Lee

Attorney Allison Miles-Lee fights to preserve DC's safety net.

Bread for the City in Lawsuit Against DHS

Because of widespread problems with the D.C. Department of Human Services’ administration of food stamps for D.C. residents living with low-incomes, Bread for the City has brought a lawsuit against the agency.

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City Orchard Report – June & July 2017

In June and July of 2017, the Sustainable Agriculture division harvested about 3,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables and cared for the orchard and vegetable plot to ensure long-term food production. This equates to over 2,600 servings of fresh, nutrient-dense produce distributed to DC residents through our farm to pantry operations.

Why Building Owners Are Investing in Green Infrastructure

It’s easy to understand the intangible benefits up on Bread for the City’s roof, surrounded by greenery. The tomato vines in one patch are a tempting shade of red. Next to them, bees are buzzing in a patch of flowers not far from the currently out-of-use bee colonies. Cacti, eggplants, and dozens of other crops round out the display.

“Staff eat lunch up there, do yoga up there sometimes, we have open hours in the garden,” Kristen Kozlowski, associate director of development for Bread for the City, told Aquicore. “It’s a beautiful, safe, green space.”

Ujima Farm
Ujima Farm
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Food Justice with Brother Rashad and the Ujima Urban Farm

“Urban gardening is my form of organizing,” Brother Rashad told us. “What we’re doing here is what I started learning with Terrance Moore. We’re bringing the community together to overcome the challenges in accessing healthy food. We empower when we impart to the community that they don’t have to be dependent on toxic, unhealthy food, and then reintroduce them to their green thumbs.”

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City Orchard Report – May 2017

In May 2017, the Sustainable Agriculture program harvested about 460 pounds of strawberries and cared for the orchard to ensure long-term food production. This equates to nearly 800 servings of fresh, nutrient-dense fruits distributed to DC residents through our farm to pantry operations.

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City Orchard Reports

This spring (March and April) at City Orchard, we have focused on spring cleaning and preparations for a fruitful summer. In addition to harvesting the greens University of the District of Columbia (UDC) generously offer us from their hydroponics greenhouses, we weeded, mulched, trellised and pruned our fruit trees and berries to prepare for the summer ahead.

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One Man’s Trash: A Donor Profile

Davy Adise is a high school senior from Montgomery County. He’s also one of the largest in-kind donors to Bread for the City!