#EatLocalFeedLocal with Spotluck

July marks the start of our biggest Spotluck Potluck yet! Throughout the entire month, our H Street Spots will be donating to DC Central Kitchen every time someone uses the Spotluck app. Simply use the app as normal at an H Street Spot, and $5 will be donated to DC Central Kitchen. 

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The goal of our Spotluck Potluck initiative is to help feed communities that are unable to enjoy our restaurants. DC Central Kitchen has been using the power of food to better communities throughout Washington, DC for over 26 years!  DCCK gives back by:

  • Providing 5,000 meals to struggling citizens every day
  • Enrolling over 600 unemployed, at-risk men and women in their Culinary Job Training program (program grads have an average of 90% job placement rate post-graduation)
  • Transforming 832,900 pounds of leftover food into more than 1.73 million meals for 80 area nonprofits per year
  • Serving over 3,200 school children each day

Special thanks to our H Street Spots for working with us to help raise money for this local charity: 

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Spotluck Potluck: The Children's Inn at NIH

 
 

Last week we partnered with the Young Ambassadors Council (YAC) and Nourish Now to organize another Spotluck Potluck with our Rockville Spotluck restaurants, this time benefitting The Children's Inn at NIH. The Children's Inn is a place for patients and their families to stay while participating in pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. This nonprofit residence has housed nearly 12,000 children from 50 states and 86 countries since opening in 1990. 

Each of our Rockville restaurants held hands to donate food so the families and children at The Children's Inn could enjoy a delicious potluck dinner at the Inn! Special thanks to our Rockville spots that donated food: Bombay Bistro, Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge, Ev & Maddy's, El Mariachi, La CanelaLebanese Taverna Cafe, Sazon Inka, Spice Xing, Sushi DamoThai Pavilion, and Trapezaria. We're also grateful for our partner, Nourish Now, that works to alleviate food insecurity in Montgomery County, MD and beyond by reducing the waste of unused fresh food. 

 
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We are so lucky to have the support of our local Rockville Spots in giving back to the wonderful families and children at The Children's Inn at NIH. Please take time to support these awesome local Spots, and learn more about The Children's Inn at NIH here! As company, we’ve decided to pledge additional donations for every app install that uses the promo code “INN” while downloading Spotluck and supporting local.

 
 




Spotluck Potluck: Arlington Food Assistance Center

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We haven’t solved world hunger yet, but we’re making strides here in Arlington.  The best part of collaborating with 22 incredibly generous hyperlocal restaurants is that we can bring them together to do great things in just one afternoon!

On July 24, we worked with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to provide a buffet-style dinner to over 100 families in Arlington. Check out our video below to learn more about our Arlington Spotluck Potluck.

Thanks to our partners and friends for helping make this inspiring day a success! Join us in thanking our great restaurant partners by supporting: A-Town, Arlington Rooftop, Bangkok Bistro, Bistro 360, Bracket Room, Don Tito, El Ranchero Bar & Grill, Faccia Luna, Fuego, Guarapo, Il Forno, Mad Rose Tavern, Me Jana, Mussel Bar, Nam Viet, Shiki Sushi, Sushi Rock, Spice, Tara Temple, The Boulevard Woodgrill, Whitlow’s on Wilson, Zaika.

A Spotluck Potluck to Honor Military Families

Spotluck & Nourish Now Team with Top Bethesda Restaurants to Help Fisher House

On Saturday, April 18, Spotluck and Nourish Now teamed up with the top restaurants in Bethesda to help feed military families at Fisher House in Montgomery County, MD. Nationwide, Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to loved ones during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. There are currently 64 Fisher Houses located on 23 military installations and 24 VA medical centers. Locally, Fisher House is located at historic Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda.

The restaurants providing free food to the military families were:  Bethesda Barbecue CompanyCesco OsteriaHimalayan HeritageLebanese TavernaMussel BarRedwoodTommy Joe's, and Tyber Bierhaus. All are partner "Spots" in Spotluck’s Bethesda Row Hub. Spotluck is a red hot mobile app that allows users to discover local restaurants and save money in a fun way. With a simple spin of the wheel on the app, “Spotluckers” earn preferred pricing and forgo the hassle of figuring out where to eat next. Spotluck now has 10 hubs in DC, Virginia and Maryland.

This is the 2nd Spotluck Potluck. The previous effort was to aid The Children's Inn at NIH. The events are part of Spotluck’s core commitment to give back to the community.  Our partner in this event, Nourish Now works to alleviate food insecurity in Montgomery County, MD and beyond by reducing the waste of unused fresh food. Fisher House was selected because of its long history of helping recovering service members and their families. In 2014, Fisher House served more than 25,000 families. The average length of stay was 10 days, and up to 60 days for those dealing with combat casualties. Fisher House has saved families more than $30 million in lodging costs, food and transportation.

We are so grateful that our local Spots have joined us in giving back to the families of those who serve this country with honor.  Please take the time to support our Spots and to also thank a veteran!