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, April 10th, 2014

New Baking Operation Needs Your Support

William Farrell

William Farrell is leading up a new, innovative baking program at DC Central Kitchen.

William Ferrell came to DC Central Kitchen in 2010 after being released from prison. He was looking for a second chance, and the opportunity to turn his culinary passion into a job. He found that chance through the Culinary Job Training program, and today, William is a supervisor at DC Central Kitchen who oversees the production of thousands of meals each day.

William figured he could make our meals for afterschool programs more nutritious and less costly by doing more baking on-site and relying less on packaged, processed foods.

He began experimenting with our second-hand baking equipment in a cramped corner of our dry goods pantry, and he has since developed a number of healthy, kid-friendly recipes. Items like his pumpkin bread, which calls for less sugar and three times the water of traditional recipes, have been huge hits at the 35 afterschool programs for low-income children that rely on our meals.

Your gift today supports William’s healthy, innovative recipes that break the cycle of poverty and poor health.

William has more healthy recipes up his sleeve, but we can’t produce these nutritious items in the quantities we need without the right tools.

This is your chance to help to upgrade our kitchen and prepare better food for kids.

Thanks to a challenge grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, we’re already halfway to our fundraising goal to build this critical infrastructure, but we need your help to get the rest of the way.

Give today, and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000.

Thanks for being a partner in our innovative solutions to combating hunger and promoting good health.

, April 8th, 2014

National Park Service Donates Venison

venison donation dcck story

Kenneth Ferebee (NPS) and Adrian Gory (DCCK) with the donation of venison.

Last week, the National Park Service donated 1,600 lbs of Venison to provide crucial protein for the 5,000 meals we distribute to local nonprofits every day. This is their second donation this year, totaling 3,300 lbs of venison.

We use the venison as we would any other meat protein that is either donated to or purchased  in recipes such as chili, bolognaise, meatloaf, or stew. The meals are distributed across the city by our own fleet of vehicles, and served with a starch and green vegetable.

The culled venison is a perfect way to efficiently use this great source of protein that would have otherwise gone to waste.

The relationship started with the Park Service reaching out to us about accepting the deer donation, they had heard that we worked with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and knew we accepted venison.

A tremendous thanks to the National Park Service and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for their donations that are feeding the soul of the city!

, April 1st, 2014

Sound Bites Tickets On Sale Now

Sound Bites is Coming!
Sound Bites
DC Central Kitchen’s Outdoor Festival of Local Music, Food, & Change
May 4th, 2014 • 1 – 5 PM
The Ronald Reagan Building’s
Woodrow Wilson Plaza 

Tickets only $65 including food, beer, wine, artisian cocktails, bar battle, and music. On sale now!

Beer, Speciality Drinks, and Artisan Cocktails
Now included with admission!

Mixology Madness: The Battle of the Bars
Hosted by Scott Thuman (ABC 7/News Channel 8) and Tommy McFly (ABC7 News & 94.7 FreshFM).

25 Hot Restaurants + Food Trucks
Acre 121
Bar Pilar
DC Central Kitchen
Dyvine BBQ
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Gordon Biersch
The Hamilton
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Rappahannock River Oysters
Ronald Reagan Building
And more to come…

Music from:
Billy Thompson (Band)
Ingelside Collective
Black Masala
DJ Harry Hotter

All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen.

More information and tickets:

, March 19th, 2014

Groupon Deal Supports DC Central Kitchen

Dine with Groupon this week and they’ll donate a meal to DC Central Kitchen. This is your chance to fight hunger and support life changing programs. Check out their daily deals here.

If you would like to donate to support our work, here’s our $10 groupon deal - the perfect gift idea! For every $10 raised, DC Central Kitchen can prepare and distribute four locally sourced meals.

Groupon is also the presenting sponsor of Sound Bites, DC Central Kitchen’s Outdoor Festival of Music, Food, & Change at the Ronald Reagan Building on May 4th, 2014. Tickets are on sale April 1st. For more information, visit

, March 10th, 2014

Nellie’s Hosts Drag Bingo Night for DCCK

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to support DC Central Kitchen. Join the team at Nellie’s for Drag Bingo Night on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. $1 of every Nellie Beer sold will benefit DCCK. Bring your friends!

Drag Bingo Night Benefiting DCCK
March, 18th, 2014, 6:30 PM
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St NW, District of Columbia, 20001

Please contact Nellie’s to register your team in advance: (202) 332-NELL.

Also, here’s the event on Facebook. Please invite your friends!

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