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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Strengthening Universities’ Roles in their Communities

For many students, college campuses can become a bubble of lush quadrangles, glimmering facilities, and well-stocked dining halls, deeply divorced from the hardship found in their surrounding communities.

As a generation raised on community service, today’s students are eager for tangible opportunities to ‘give back.’ Educational institutions are eager to bridge the gap between antiseptic classroom settings and messy yet meaningful real world experiences. And community members and organizations know they could better address local needs, if only they could find a way to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and skills of nearby students.

The Campus Kitchens Project empowers students at over 30 colleges and high schools across the country to productively link their schools and communities. By adapting unique combinations of DC Central Kitchen’s food recycling, meal distribution, and job training models, our student volunteers build community partnerships, engage in service learning opportunities, develop real world leadership experience, and advance targeted solutions to local problems of healthy food access.


“WM Campus Kitchens Project Honored by Governor.” Virginia Gazette, May 8

“Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee Serves 100,000 meals,” Washingtonand Lee University, May 14