TwentyTables believes that giving back should be just as easy and routine as buying a meal. So that’s exactly what they built.
Founded in March 2017, TwentyTables is a fixed cost, food marketplace platform that lets hungry users purchase lunches for $6 and dinners for $12. Patrons can choose from more than 50 local D.C. restaurants and food trucks through the app. So far, the platform has partnered with restaurants like District Barbecue, Brookland Pint and Nino’s Bakery.
“By being a fixed cost meal platform, the cost is predictable for everyone involved,” said TwentyTables Founders Alex Cohen. “Restaurants know exactly how much they’re getting paid and consumers know exactly how much they’re spending.”
Here’s the catch — they don’t deliver. Customers have to pick up their food or dine in after purchasing through the app. Cohen said that companies like Seamless and UberEats drive up the costs of food, which conflicts with TwentyTables’ model.
“Some people can afford a $17 sandwich when it really costs $10, but most folks can’t,” said Cohen.
For every 20 meals purchased through TwentyTables, five meals are donated to local D.C. food banks — Capital Area Food Bank, D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha Tables. TwentyTables’ ticket-based system also allows users to donate meals to other users. Each ticket costs $6 — one ticket accounts for a lunch purchase and two tickets equal a dinner purchase.