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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Healthy Futures

healthyfuturesDC Central Kitchen uses food to change lives, strengthen communities, and creatively take on our city’s biggest challenges. We use fresh, local farm products to fuel four integrated initiatives that empower low-income children and families in Washington, DC to lead healthier, more prosperous lives. Together, these initiatives make up our Healthy Futures program.

First, Healthy Futures uses our purchasing power and expertise to help small and disadvantaged local farmers build their capacity to sell wholesale goods.

These partnerships reduce food waste while reinvesting critical resources in our area economy. Next, we use these fresh fruits and vegetables to provide DC children with access to nutritious food throughout the day, through the four prongs of Healthy Futures:

And each Healthy Futures initiative creates good jobs for formerly unemployed, at-risk DC residents who graduated from DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program and now support themselves while giving back to their community.

Across America, childhood nutrition programs fall short because they only serve children in one place or at one time. By meeting children’s needs on their way to school, at school, after school, and in their homes, we offer a holistic, wraparound solution to childhood hunger. And Healthy Futures’ sustainability is ensured by its commitment to job creation, local investment, and sound environmental practices.

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

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