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

DC Central Kitchen 2014 Annual Report Photography

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.

We provide meaningful and educational volunteer opportunities to 15,000 volunteers every year—volunteers range from school students to corporate groups. Groups and individuals are welcome.

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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