by September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm 1,675 0

BorderstanThere is still time to Stuff the Bus with healthy foodstuffs for DC Central Kitchen — the bus will be in Logan Circle on Wednesday at Birch &  Barley 1337 14th Street NW, from 5 to 7 pm.

What is “Stuff the Bus”? DC’s largest food charity, DCCK, has teamed up with the restaurant app, Venga, to collect food and donations. DCCK provides meals for the homeless from its downtown kitchen and headquarters. The bus will be at various food and restaurant locations around the city through this Friday, September 30.

You can always donate online to DCCK if you can’t make it to the bus! Venga is a mobile app featuring exclusive offers from more than 100 of DC’s top restaurants.

by September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,962 1 Comment

Mike Isabella, Stuff the Bus, Venga, DC Central Kitchen, Borderstan, Alejandra Owens

Mike Isabella of “Top Chef” and owner/chef of Graffiato is helping stuff the bus. Help Borderstan stuff the bus with healthy foods for DC Central Kitchen this Sunday, September 25, at the Dupont Farmers’ Market. (Courtesy Stuff the Bus)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

DC Central Kitchen and Venga might be outside the Borderstan boundaries, but the impact of the cause they’re pairing up for will be felt all over our neighborhood. Together, Venga  and DC Central Kitchen will drive a bus around town from September 17th to the 30th, stuffing it full of  hearty, healthy foods. DC Central Kitchen will use the food to create meals for thousands of at-risk individuals across the city.

Venga is a free mobile app and website that posts exclusive offers at DC restaurants and bars.

Sunday at Dupont Farmers’ Market

Matty, Luis and I (and some of your other favorite Borderstan contributors) will be stuffing the bus this Sunday, September 25 from 10 am to noon at the Dupont Farmers’ Market on 20th Street NW between Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues.

What’s in the Stuffing?

Here’s what they need the most — but any food donation you can make will be appreciated:

  • canned tomatoes (stewed, diced, paste)
  • canned beans
  • boxed pasta
  • granola bars, trail mix
  • applesauce, fruit cups

Other Ways To Give

If you’re not able to bring food with you, you can still help DC Central Kitchen. There will be a virtual market at the bus for you to donate:

  • $5  = 1/2 dozen heads of hydroponic bibb lettuce
  • $10= 1 free range roaster chicken
  • $25= 1 case of plump Shenandoah Valley tomatoes
  • $50= 80 servings of hormone free, pasture raised local ground beef
If you can’t make it to the bus this Sunday, you could always download the Venga app! Venga and are pairing up to donate a meal for every download of the (totally free to you) app. If you prefer to donate right now, online you can do that at
We’d love to see you out there, rain or shine!

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