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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DC Central Kitchen


Meal Distribution

Meal Production
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 88 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. In 2012 alone, we saved these agencies $3.6 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.

To assist our chefs and trainees in meal preparation, please visit our volunteer page.

For media inquiries, contact Paul Day, Communications Manager: pday@dccentralkitchen.org.


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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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