We’re all about local impact at DC Central Kitchen. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we won a $100,000 grant from the USDA Farm to School program to invest more into local produce.
Because of seasonality, it’s hard for us to use local when it’s out of season. This grant will give us more capacity to process and safely store fresh produce when it’s ready locally.
With the additional funding we’ll also increase our investment into local growers and farmers by 43 percent over 2011, to an impressive $165,000 in local impact.
The produce will be used in over 5,000 healthy, scratch-cooked meals each day serving students at DC Public Schools.
Over half of DCCK’s funding comes from generating revenue through social enterprise and with this Farm to School Grant, we’re not just investing resources back into the community. We’re also seeing a return on that investment that cycles back to our other life changing programs. The Healthy School Food Program is an example of how we’re thinking long-term about being a sustainable organization.
The Washington Post ran a story on the USDA award last week. Check it out here.