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Monthly Archives: November 2011


Class 86 Graduates on Friday

, November 28th, 2011

Please join the graduates, board of directors, staff and supporters of DC Central Kitchen for the Graduation of the 86th Culinary Job Training class.

Friday December 2, 2011
U.S. Navy Memorial and Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20004 (Map)

Reception 2:00pm, Ceremony 2:30pm

Class 85 Graduates



FreshFarm Markets raises $2,500 for DC Central Kitchen

, November 24th, 2011

This weekend at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, FreshFarm Markets raised over $2,500 for DC Central Kitchen. The donation was used to purchase fresh healthy food from local merchants to be used in holiday meals. By buying locally, these donations help DC Central Kitchen put resources back into the community.

DC Central Kitchen produces an extra thousand meals during the Thanksgiving holiday for local shelters, transitional housing programs, and other social service agencies looking to provide a special meal for their clients.

Chef José Andrés also donated a generous $1,000 to the effort to buy turkeys for our Thanksgiving meals. Thanks José!

Chef Jose Andres donated $1,000

DCCK picks up the donation

Below are some volunteers at the Kitchen preparing meals using the donated produce and cheese.

Volunteers preparing meals with donated produce

Volunteers prepping food from farmers market donation



Wash Informer: Court Council Urges City to Hire Ex-Offenders

, November 23rd, 2011

Mike Curtin talks about the importance of hiring Ex Offenders and the Culinary Job Training Program in the Washington InformerView the Article



Thanksgiving donations help us prepare healthy holiday meals

, November 18th, 2011

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we’re excited to be getting donations of fresh turkeys for our holiday meals.

Butterball donated a huge shipment of turkeys today – and I was there to get photos of Stephen Kendall, our Food Procurement guy, and some dedicated volunteers unloading the truck in the bitter cold.

Turkey Donation
Turkey Donation
Turkey Donation

We also would like to thank Phillip Brown and the folks at the Huguenot Road Baptist Church in Richmond, VA for their generous turkey donations over the years.

Turkey Donation

And we’d also like to thank DC JCC, who prepare the sides for all of our Thanksgiving meals! We always are looking for donations of the side dishes.

To donate food for the holidays, contact Stephen Kendall at skendall@dccentralkitchen.org or 202-400-2804.



Huff Post: DCCK Video Shows Its Healthy Corners Program In Action

, November 16th, 2011

The Huffington Post covers the launch of our Healthy Corners video feature. View the Article



Watch a new video about Healthy Corners

, November 15th, 2011

Premiering at Capital Food Fight, watch this exciting new video about the Healthy Corners program. We’re empowering small businesses to tackle the health challenges in their communities by delivering fresh produce and healthy snacks to food deserts around DC.

Healthy Corners from DC Central Kitchen on Vimeo.