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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Volunteer at DC Central Kitchen

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DC Central Kitchen. Every day, volunteers like you help us transform 3,000 pounds of donated food into 5,000 balanced meals that are distributed at little or no cost to 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.

DC Central Kitchen relies heavily on the support of community volunteers, and we are so grateful to be one of DC’s top destinations for volunteer service, welcoming 15,000 individuals a year. In order to better serve our volunteers, we are excited to announce that we are preparing to launch a new online volunteer registration system in mid-September. Unfortunately, as part of the transition, we cannot offer online registration for shifts after October 27, 2016 at this time.

Individuals and small groups are essential to our volunteer efforts, and we ask for your patience as we roll out this new system. Once the new system is launched, we will be able to accommodate individual and small group registrations for the holiday season. Please check back in mid-September for available volunteer dates. If you have any questions, or are looking to schedule a group of 10 or more people for a volunteer shift after October 27th, please contact us at 202-601-7314 or

We make every effort to keep volunteers meaningfully engaged and to provide them with a deeper understanding of the impact of our work. Read our Volunteer Bill of Rights.

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Emergency Waitlist
Do you have a flexible schedule? Are you able and willing to show up on short notice? Sign up for our emergency waitlist—we will send you an email whenever a group cancels or we are short on volunteers. Please sign up here.

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