The USDA estimates at 33.7 million tons of food are wasted every year in the United States. For more than 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been fighting food waste by recovering leftover food and converting it into meals for our hungry and at-risk neighbors. We now recycle more than three tons of surplus products from major food service corporations each day. Though donated food has long been essential to our operations, our biggest single expense is purchasing supplementary ingredients that turn donations into balanced meals. In 2008 we addressed this challenge by initiating partnerships with local farmers. To date, we have procured hundreds of thousands of pounds of misshapen or blemished produce from local farms, much of which would have otherwise gone to waste. Our fresh approach to recycling food is helping us to combat waste in our city – and under our own roof.
- Recovered 737,564 pounds of food for our meals
- Saved $155,573 in food costs by securing donated produce