Hundreds of DC Central Kitchen volunteers and staff streamed down the aisles of the Washington Convention Center yesterday, collecting over 150,000 pounds of unused foods at the end of the 57th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show. Vendors at this three-day culinary showcase, which featured 2,400 exhibitors and 180,000 specialty food items, generously donated their remaining items to DCCK.
This food will be used to prepare the 6,000 meals that we make each day, and will also be redistributed to local agencies.
The 180 pallets of food that we recovered from the Fancy Food Show is equivalent to what we bring into DCCK over the course of two months. This marks the largest single donation in DC Central Kitchen's history.
Nearly 200 individuals contributed their time to make this historic event possible. In addition to the individual volunteers who answered the call to serve, we had groups of volunteers from SRA International, Inc; Intuit Small Business Sales Consultant; Center for Student Missions; Legacy Sustainability Management; Hospitality Industry Professionals Network; Gonzaga College High School; Bank of Georgetown; Fannie Mae; US Navy; Greater DC Cares; WDCJCC; NFL Players Association; Clean & Sober Streets; Central Union Mission; and Steinbruck Center at Luther Place.
We are so grateful to vendors at the Fancy Food Show for this incredible donation. This event wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration between DCCK, vendors, and volunteers. Thank you!
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