Our mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

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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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Please join DC Central Kitchen in honoring the life and legacy of Robert E. Torray, who passed away on May 10. A successful businessman and devoted philanthropist, Bob and his wife Nancy discovered DC Central Kitchen as volunteers two decades ago. In 2006, when we were in jeopardy of not making payroll for the first… Read more »

We are so close to better days. In the past 14 months, DC Central Kitchen has forged ahead through the worst of this crisis, serving over 3.8 million emergency meals and bringing healthy groceries to over 200 locations across our city. We’ve fought day in and day out, together, to reach this point – but returning to normal simply isn’t an option. Disparities in health and economic opportunity in… Read more »

DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy School Food team knows how to pivot. As the food service provider for 16 schools in Washington, DC, we source ingredients from more than 65 local family farms to provide scratch-cooked recipes designed by our expert team of chefs and dietitians with the help of thousands of student taste-testers.  However, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, this DC Central Kitchen social enterprise has navigated one unprecedented challenge after another.  “It was almost like starting a whole new meal… Read more »

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