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Culinary Job Training

Preparing adults with high barriers to employment for culinary careers.

Catering & Cafes

Featuring fresh food made with love by DC Central Kitchen staff and students.

Healthy School Food

Serving award-winning farm-to-school menus at DC schools.

Healthy Corners

Transforming corners stores into access points for healthy, affordable food.

Community Meals

Preparing nutritious meals for nonprofits, youth programs, and shelters.

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Food insecurity did not simply become a crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic – it already was one for 35 million Americans — but it did become far more visible. In addition to not having enough food to eat, millions of Americans struggle to access the nutritious foods they need to maintain their health and reduce… Read more »

Gleaning – the act of collecting leftover crops from a farmer’s fields after the harvest – goes back centuries. DC Central Kitchen relies on our local farm partners, including Dreaming Out Loud, Potomac Vegetable Garden, and the Franciscan Monastery, among others in the National Capital Region, to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to community partners… Read more »

On August 6th, the NBA Foundation announced its third round of nationwide grantees – a group that includes DC Central Kitchen! The NBA Foundation’s $100,000 contribution, which follows our initial nomination by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and the Washington Wizards, will support the ongoing expansion of DCCK’s job training services for Opportunity Youth. With… Read more »

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