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. 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.
Last year’s results:
- Recovered 791,324 pounds of food for our meals
- Saved $175,248 in food costs by securing donated produce