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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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DCCK featured in the news!

, January 5th, 2016


Media - DCCK in the news

Several news stories about DC Central Kitchen aired on television and posted online during the holiday season.

On December 18, our Culinary Job Training program was highlighted in a nationally-televised segment for PBS NewsHour. Students and staff were interviewed about the impact the program has on their lives, and the Kitchen was commended for our groundbreaking work in the area of workforce development.

On December 22, our national arm, The Campus Kitchens Project, was recognized in The Washington Post as being a leader in the field of food recovery and sustainable solutions to food waste.

On December 23, ABC News posted a digital news piece on their website about the overall work of the Kitchen, our meal distribution program, and efforts to combat hunger and poverty with training and good jobs.

Finally, on December 25, the DC-based news outlet National Journal posted a story about our work with returning citizens in the Culinary Job Training program. Arnesa Howell and Emily Jan shadowed Class 102 for several days, taking in a workforce development class, experiencing a practical cooking exam, and even had the chance to attend the graduation of our most recent class of students at Central Union Mission.

We hope you’ve seen some of these news stories on your own, but if you didn’t, be sure to check them out today!

Big thanks to PBS NewsHour, ABC News, and the National Journal for shining a spotlight on the hard work of our students and staff.

DC Central Kitchen Appears on ‘The Chew’

, October 2nd, 2014


Yesterday, DC Central Kitchen staff, graduates, and friends grew a little bit closer to each other as we shared in the delight of seeing our very own CJT graduate Howard Thomas on ABC’s hit cooking-themed daytime talk show, “The Chew.”

The show dedicated a significant amount of air time to portraying the work of the Kitchen and our graduates. Howard, who is currently the lead production cook at Washington Jesuit Academy for our Healthy School Food program, did such an incredible job representing the Kitchen and sharing his story in front of a live studio audience!

Thank you Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and the entire crew of “The Chew” for highlighting our work and our mission to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

Check out a short clip of yesterday’s episode here!

DC Central Kitchen/Healthy Corners featured on NPR (WAMU 88.5)

, September 28th, 2012

Other than changing lives, do you know what else gets us stoked?… Being featured on NPR! Our friends WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio, including Sabri Ben-Achour of the show Latitudes, visited the Kitchen to learn more about Healthy Corners, our work combating food deserts, and how we use local produce.

Listen to the broadcast

New York Times: The Capital’s Kitchen

, January 15th, 2012

Check out this New York Times Op-Ed featuring DC Central Kitchen. Read More >>

CNN/WECT: Program helps the needy turn their lives around

, January 4th, 2012

Check out this CNN video/story featuring DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training Program. Read More >>

Biz Journal: New kitchen gives D.C. Central Kitchen fresh start

, December 21st, 2011

Hospitality is about to get a whole lot healthier. D.C. Central Kitchen is opening a 6,000-square-foot kitchen, its second in the District, to help support its Fresh Start catering business. Read More >>