KOL Foods balances my family’s modern and traditional values. Before I established KOL Foods in 2007, there was no kosher meat that I trusted for my kids. Like you, I want to feed them healthy, ethically-raised, sustainable meat from farms, not factories. For the first 12 years of my adult life I had no choice but to have a vegetarian kitchen because no such meat was available on the kosher market.
Even to this day, KOL Foods remains the most transparent kosher meat company: we tell your meat’s true story. We value people and planet. Our goal is to provide you with honest, healthy, humane, sustainable and delicious kosher meat. Our food connects people to tradition, to the land, to a sustainable future, and to good health for friends and family.
We are eager to serve your family so you, too, can feel good about the meat you eat.
Devora Kimelman-Block (Mom, Founder and CEO)
KOL Foods formed in 2007 with a groundbreaking effort to produce the first glatt kosher, organically raised, local, grass-fed meat. Founder and CEO, Devora Kimelman-Block, established a three-pronged partnership with a synagogue in Washington, DC, a slaughterhouse and a local farmer to produce the meat. Scores of kosher consumers, who until then could only buy kosher meat raised in confinement, were eager for this product. In just its second offering, the company generated sales of more than 2400 pounds of beef though a single email. Jews from 14 different area synagogues, ranging from Reform to Conservative to Orthodox, purchased this meat.
Today KOL Foods ships to the entire continental United States and produces the only domestic, 100% grass-fed, kosher beef and the only organic-fed, pastured, kosher chicken and duck in the United States. Each and every day, we strive to be the most transparent kosher meat company on the planet. That way, you don't have to choose between eating according to your values and keeping kosher.
Our mission is simple: Honest & healthy. Sustainable & Humane. Deliciously mouthwatering. We help balance modern & traditional values by producing glatt kosher meat that is environmentally and ethically sound.
To keep the KOL Foods' office's carbon footprint at a minimum, KOL Foods delivers products to your door using only eco-friendly jute and cotton coolers
made entirely from compostable recycled plant fibers. KOL Foods operates out of a LEED (green) Certified building
that uses ground source heating and cooling, has a green roof and many other sustainable features. What electricity that we do use comes from wind power. Plus, one of the slaughterhouses that we use converts it's waste to bio-diesel for it's trucks. Even the bank that we use (TD Bank) is carbon neutral! Please visit our Green Certifications page
for more specifics about KOL Foods.
Devora Kimelman-Block, CEO and Founder
Devora, her husband Jason, and four children are founding members of Eastern Village Cohousing, an award winning LEED certified green building in downtown Silver Spring, MD. In the summer, Devora and her family enjoy working and living on our partner farms that raise KOL Foods meat. Devora's passion is in working synergistically with humans, nature and animals to build a food system that sustains us, the animals and the earth. Devora's stories and pictures from living on the farm.
Gidon van Emden, COO
Born and raised in Amsterdam, Gidon has a long history of eating meat. "I love to cook dishes that remind me of my family, but I also experiment a lot." His resume also includes stints as a cook and mashgiach (kashrut supervisor). Outgoing and extroverted, Gidon loves talking to KOL Foods customers, extolling the virtues of KOL Foods's products, and eating KOL Foods meat.
Vanessa Sandoval, Customer Happiness Specialist
Vanessa's mission is to make our customers happy! When she is not doing that, she loves cooking for her family, blending the Peruvian, Italian and Jewish influences that make up her family tree. Vanessa has extensive experience in the food service industry, working with some of Washington's most illustrious chefs. In her free time she reads, runs, figure skates and is a free-lance unpublished food critic. 😉
Emily Landsman, Marketing Specialist
Emily spent the first decade of her professional life working with local government, but then realized that she really loved the food world. Before joining KOL Foods, she worked in marketing and administration for a kosher whisky distillery. She volunteers with food recovery programs, writes and creates videos about food for a number of publications, and blogs about her rooftop garden in Arlington, VA. Emily is a trained Master Food Volunteer with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and is studying sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Emily Shifflett, Customer Happiness Specialist
Emily began her career as a farmer, raising various grass-fed and pasture-raised animals for meat, dairy and eggs. Since then, she’s been a butcher, a cheesemonger and a barista, and she’s training to be a sommelier. As you can see, sustainable, delicious food is her passion!
In her free time, you might find her chasing new recipes (in the kitchen or out and about), playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with her family.
Among Our Farmers
Poultry Farmers Jane and Dave, Thurmont, MD
Raising healthy animals is Jane's "passion as well as profession." Jane and Dave feel such compassion and gratitude when raising their animals. "They give so much to us," Jane says. "Giving them a good life is the least we can do." Jane and Dave work hard to build community around sustainable agriculture and are always willing to give a tour. They became interested in sustainable agriculture because it works with nature instead of fighting against it.
Cattle Rancher Mike, Strasburg, VA
Since 1997, Mike has run a certified organic, family owned and operated farm. He believes in allowing animals to do what they were made to do - graze peacefully and grow naturally - with minimal interference. "It's important for us to be committed to our ideals of raising healthy animals in conditions that encourage natural behavior," Mike says. Mike's cattle graze on fields managed organically without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.