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What the world needs now is love. . .

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past week-and-a-half in despair, rage, disbelief, shaken to the core (and, if I am honest, wanting to shake people by the shoulders until some sense is knocked into them). I still feel that way, but in an effort to shine a little light back into the world am trying to find ways to be a helper. Sharing the below food drive information is a good start, as it’s a delicious initiative to help local women. If I can use this blog to highlight ways we can help and get that information to a few hundred or thousand more people, I think it’s worth keeping around.

Please feel free to spread the word and the love!

“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

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“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

 

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

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I love any excuse to get out and about in our neighborhood, so when I read about the Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest, despite the fact that I don’t do much biking, I knew I would have to at least stop by.

Dorchester bike

The festival took place on a gorgeous late summer night in Ashmont’s Peabody Square. With the street closed off to traffic, it was the perfect setting for people of all ages to mingle and for kids to run around without parents having to worry about traffic. Dorchester has a huge sense of community, and every time we go to local events, we run into people we know and meet some new friends as well.

Dorchester

The festival centered around bikes and local brews. There was plenty of information on biking in the area, and this cool mobile home took care of the brews. It was a pub-on-wheels for the night, and probably the most popular spot at the festival!

Dorchester Bike and Brew Many great aspects of the community were featured, including local leaders and the Boston Police ice cream  van, which is just a brilliant idea for creating positive experiences with police for kids from an early age. The area around the ice cream van was full of smiles!

Boston Police Ice Cream Truck  

There were a number of food trucks at the festival, but our noses kept bringing us back to Sheherazad where we tucked into fragrant Iraqi red chicken and a fried cauliflower wrap. . . some of the best food I have eaten lately!

sheherazad food truck

Iraqi red chicken

cauliflower wrap

Sitting on the sidewalk eating dinner with the setting sun, laughing neighbors, and live music as the backdrop, I was as happy as can be. It doesn’t take more than great people and simple, delicious food to make my day.

The Bike & Brew Fest was a great time, and while I know logistics can be complicated, I wish it was something that could happen a few times a year.

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Have you heard of The Daily Table?  We’d be reading about it here and there and finally made a trip last week. It’s one of my new favorite spaces.

The Daily Table

Here’s the story:

Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers our community a variety of tasty, convenient and affordable foods that will help you feel and be your best; food that will keep you moving forward, not hold you back.  We provide both “grab-n-go” ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items all at prices that will put a smile on your face, and designed to fit within every budget.  Many of our items are prepared fresh daily in our own kitchen onsite.

We offer an upbeat, clean and friendly retail store environment that is open to everyone in the community.  We can offer these daily values by working with a large network of growers, supermarkets, manufacturers, and other suppliers who donate their excess, healthy food to us, or provide us with special buying opportunities.

In this way, we are able to keep prices affordable for all our customers.  Our meals are priced to compete with fast food options, making it easier for families to eat healthier within their means.  And all the food in our store is informed by guidelines set for us by a leading group of nutrition experts, which makes it easy for our customers to make great food choices.

hummus

We held off on going to Daily Table for so long partially because we weren’t sure if it was open to all, and we certainly didn’t want to take away from anyone who could really benefit from shopping there. Then, while at the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market (another favorite), we were encouraged to visit and learned that everyone is welcome. The more shoppers, the more support the concept receives.

The Daily Table is bright, colorful, and inviting, with a friendly staff, and it relies on volunteers to keep costs down. Every time we have visited, the selection has been different, as the food is excess food from the store’s partners. I love that the selection varies, and we’ve decided to start our shopping here each week to plan meals around what they have, then supplement at the regular grocery store. On past visits, we’ve seen amazing deals on wild tuna (two hefty steaks for $5), spicy chicken burgers (four for $2.99), and organic yogurts, which are $0.49 each. Five pound tubs of hummus for $2.99 and baby carrots for $0.49 per pound make for plenty of healthy snacks that are affordable for a family.

carrots One of the really great things about The Daily Table is their made-on-site pre-made meal program. So far I have tried the delicious curried butternut squash soup, pulled pork pizza, and my new favorite, chili lime coconut chips, and everything has been so good. You can peek into the kitchen while you shop, and just like with the grocery items, prepared foods also often change. I’ve seen curries with rice, beef stew, quesadillas, sandwiches, and more. The prices are extremely competitive with fast food, making eating healthier much easier for busy people, especially the many in our community who hold multiple jobs to make ends meet.

The Daily Table Kitchen

coconut chips Shopping at The Daily Table has allowed us to save money and discover new ingredients. It’s also made me get creative in the kitchen, and in general, it just fills my heart with happiness for our community, which is full of great people who deserve the opportunity and access to healthy food. Eliminating food waste while helping people eat better? It just makes sense.

The Daily Table is a big step in the right direction to alleviating some of the issues created by food deserts, and I am proud to support this pilot program.

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