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DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.
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Healthy Corners

Marbury Market staff, Healthy Corners Participants

A local partnership bringing fresh food and economic opportunities to small businesses.

In September 2011, DC Central Kitchen launched a partnership with 30 DC corner stores to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts, low income areas without adequate access to fully stocked supermarkets. DC Central Kitchen delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to corner stores and other small retailers located in Wards 5, 7, and 8.

The pilot program allowed corner store owners to purchase produce at a reduced cost for the first few months. By the time the rate increased to wholesale price, owners had an idea of what their customers preferred.

In addition to offering these partner businesses new products for sale, DC Central Kitchen provided retailers with nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, marketing support, and technical assistance.

When others said these items couldn’t sell and no corner store would try to, we’re seeing increased participation and interest among local retailers. In 2013, our corner store partners sold 7,500 healthy snacks, totaling $40,000 in sales.

If you’re interested in becoming one of our partner retailers or wondering if we will be serving a store near you, contact us at

Healthy Corners Retail Program Guide

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Work made possible by:

Wallace Genetic Foundation
McGuinn Family Foundation
Tavis Smiley/UMD
DC Department of Health

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DC Central Kitchen

425 2nd St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Near Union Station)
United Way# 8233, CFC# 67538
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