We fight hunger differently.

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


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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DC Central Kitchen has distributed over two million meals and more than one million pounds of fresh fruit and veggies to children, families and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the rising food insecurity rate in Washington, DC.  But we’re not alone. Two of our longtime partners, World Central Kitchen and Dreaming Out Loud, have together served another 1.5 million… Read more »

Chef Paolo Dungca took home the top honor last night at DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event, Capital Food Fight. In the first-ever virtual format of this celebrated fundraiser, local chefs Angel Barreto of Anju, Paolo Dungca of Peter Chang Restaurant Group, Peter Prime of Cane, and Shannan Troncoso of Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen went head-to-head in a thrilling culinary battle hosted by Occasions Caterers and streamed virtually for guests and sponsors.   This year’s Capital… Read more »

A new report by the DC Office of Planning revealed that Washington, DC’s food insecurity rate in 2020 is estimated to be at least 16 percent, up from 10.6 percent before the pandemic.  Rates among the elderly, children, undocumented individuals, and unhoused individuals are expected to be even higher. With nearly 150,000 DC residents having… Read more »