Few bakeries are as patriotic as Washington, D.C.’s Dog Tag Bakery, which seeks to help our nation’s military veterans and their families.
On July 4th, Dog Tag Bakery will celebrate some of America’s most patriotic symbols when it opens up a pop-up shop at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium. The pop-up will offer festive treats like a “red, white, and blue” ice cream sandwich. Every purchase will support Dog Tag Bakery’s mission.
Dog Tag Bakery makes up one arm of the nonprofit Dog Tag Inc., which seeks to build a bridge to business employment and a productive civilian life for the veterans and military families that have served our country. Service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers are provided a five-month fellowship opportunity, where they can get an education at Georgetown University and real-life work experience at Dog Tag Bakery.
“What we do is give them the tools and resources to allow them to move forward,” says Meghan Ogilvie, chief executive officer of Dog Tag Inc.
Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides a vehicle for military veterans to put their newly acquired skills into context. The storefront includes a state-of-the-art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. In addition to serving the Georgetown community, Dog Tag Bakery also completes catering and mail orders, allowing Dog Tag fellows to manage a nationwide business. By facilitating a business rotation through the storefront, fellows have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including business and staff management, product creation, customer service, marketing, and operations.