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, April 21st, 2014

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, April 21st, 2014

Healthy Corners Launches 33rd Store in DC’s Stronghold Neighborhood


Capital Food Mart is one of the latest corner stores to provide healthy snacks through DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program.

DC Central Kitchen recently opened the 33rd Healthy Corners store at Capitol Food Mart, located on North Capitol Street, NE in the Stronghold neighborhood. Capitol Food Mart is two miles away from the closest grocery store, the Safeway on L St., NW, and many neighborhood residents do the bulk of their day to day shopping closer to home.

Huan Song, our Nutrition and Community Outreach Coordinator and Janell Walker, Director of Nutrition and Community Outreach were at Capitol Food Mart for the program launch introducing customers to Healthy Corners’ products and handing out samples of fresh grapes. Neighborhood shoppers who attended the grand opening were excited to see that they now have the opportunity to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables where they live.

This is my neighborhood store. I live just down the block. We really need a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables here in the neighborhood. It’s great to see something like this starting up at Capitol Food Mart.
- Wendy, Regular Customer

Store owner Meb Gebrkidan isn’t new to the Healthy Corners program. His last store, Greenway Market, is also participating in Healthy Corners. When he sold that store and moved to Capitol Food Mart, he quickly noticed that many customers in the new neighborhood were asking for healthier options.

The people who come into this store are less interested in junk food options than customers I’ve had in the past. I want to make sure I’m able to provide them with the fresh products that they are looking for.
- Meb Gebrkidan, Owner of Capital Food Mart

, 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

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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 7th, 2014

New Dehydrator Prevents Food Waste, Provides Healthy Snacks

Dehydrator Reduces Food Waste
Thanks to our friends at the CoStar Group, we now have a dehydrator at our Nutrition Lab that allows us to extend the life of fruit that would otherwise go to waste while creating new options for our line of Healthy Corners snacks.

Terence Hill, a graduate of our 93rd Culinary Job Training class, has been experimenting with dehydrating a variety of fruits including apples, bananas and pineapples that are approaching their sell by date. Produce items that may only have a couple good days left in their fresh state can last for months when properly dehydrated.

Healthy Corners will be incorporating these dried fruits into new varieties of trail mix, one of our most popular products, as well as selling them as stand-alone snacks. Terence is hard at work perfecting these new items, and they will roll out in our participating corner stores this summer.

Thanks to the CoStar Group for helping us bring these new products to our stores!

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