Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good food prepared locally now sold at JAWB

No offense to the folks who work in JAWB, but right now, Tiny Grocery is the best thing going on!   The council's PIO covered the installation of the new vending machine in a recent newsletter:
The Wilson Building is not just home to the District government, it belongs to all District residents. We at the Council do all in our power to make visitors to the building feel welcome and comfortable here. Soon, we will not just be your seat of government, we will also be your eat of government.

That effort has taken a big step forward with the arrival of a Tiny Grocery here at the Wilson Building. Located in a ground floor breakroom, just inside the Wilson Building's D Street entrance, this is not your mother's/father's vending machine. Often, those machines spend as much time offending as they do, uh, vending. Unlike an old-school vending machine, which may feature a generic, fossilized, pre-packaged honeybun dating from the Walter Washington Administration, the Tiny Grocery only stocks foods that are fresh and local.

The bulk of the Tiny Grocery products are their own creations, produced daily at their Ward 5 kitchen. These products include breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, paninis and rice bowls that are made from local, humane, and sustainable ingredients. Additionally, the Tiny Grocery also will feature snacks and drinks offered by beloved "Made in DC" companies such as Confluence Coffee, Capital Kombucha, Trickling Springs Creamery, and others. The Tiny Grocery's inventory is remotely monitored 24/7. Products are replenished at least twice a week, and can be purchased with any credit card.

Prior to the arrival of the Tiny Grocery, citizens planning on attending a lengthy hearing at the Wilson Building that would extend beyond the next mealtime would need to plan ahead and implement a bring-it-from Home Rule. Now, visiting citizens, as well as Council staff, will be able to access tasty, fresh, local food at any hour of the day or night. Depending what time a late-night hearing ends, you may or may not be able to get home from the Wilson Building, but you will always be able to nourish yourself here.

So, the next time you are hungry or thirsty here at the Wilson Building, drop another (metaphorical) dime in the food box. You will be sustaining not just yourself, but also quality local food businesses.

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