Tune in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow at 10:30 am, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Josephine Chu, Co-founder of Zenful Bites. Vernon and Josephine will discuss how she and her partner balance the ambitious mission of their business, with staffing and resource realities. She will also discuss how they plan to expand their business, and the challenges they foresee.
In May of 2012, Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne founded Zenful Bites in order to foster a sustainable and healthy food system through eco-catering and food education. The company was founded on the principle that everyone should have access to fresh food, the means to buy it, and the knowledge to prepare it. To that end, Zenful Bites partners with local nonprofits to run food education programs for children in under-served areas of Washington, D.C., and goes a step further to source its food from local farms that use sustainable, organic farming practices.
Co-founder Josephine Chu has taught K-12 students, and community members on a host of sustainability issues. The education programs teach children where their food comes from, and engages them in healthy cooking, with hopes of building a foundation for more healthy eating throughout their lives. While co-founder, Yolanda Hawthorne combines a lifelong passion for food, design, and the healing arts into her position as Eco-Chef of Zenful Bites, specializing in plant-based, local, sustainable cuisine. Yolanda graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, and studied at Gulliver’s Living and Learning Center, and the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute.
With a full-time staff of two, Zenful Bites is a small business with a big mission. Despite the challenge of size, Zenful Bites remains focused, and is growing steadily, with community partners such as the DC Central Kitchen, ECO City Farm, Think Local, and many more local companies.