Combating Hunger, Creating Opportunity

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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Meal Distribution

Driver distributing meals
DCCK is not a soup kitchen.
Though our headquarters is a bustling kitchen, we serve no meals there.

Every day, we transform 3,000 pounds of leftover, unwanted food into 5,000 healthy meals. Our staff loads these meals onto our fleet of trucks and delivers them to 80 partner agencies in the Washington metropolitan area, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and afterschool programs.

Our meal deliveries allow our partners to focus their energy and resources on their unique missions. Last year, we saved these agencies $3.7 million in food costs.

But as always, our mission is to provide not just a meal, but a long-term solution to hunger. With every meal delivered goes a message: “If you’re ready to change your life, come to DC Central Kitchen.” The Meal Distribution Program provides a classroom for the DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training Program.

Fiscal Year 2014 Results:

For inquiries about our programs, please use our contact form.

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