Fresh Feature Friday at Smothers Elementary

Fourth and fifth graders at Smothers Elementary School had the opportunity to taste test three new butternut squash recipes during their lunch period on January 20th. The tasting was part of our monthly Fresh Feature Fridays program, which introduces healthy food options and empowers the students to help shape future menu options at our 19 […]

DCCK Spotlight: Healthy Corners Store Navigator Deborah Wells

Our Healthy Corners program is made of more than just truckloads of fresh produce. For years, we have engaged a team of Store Navigators, respected local residents who engage customers, build awareness of the Healthy Corners program, and collect vital community feedback. One of these essential Store Navigators is Deborah Wells. A long-time community advocate, […]

Media Hit: DC Central Kitchen Tops 1 Million Healthy Corners Meals

WTOP spotlighted our Healthy Corners program, which just celebrated selling 1 million units of healthy fresh food since the beginning of the pandemic. During the pandemic, food insecurity was at an all-time high across the District. Neighborhoods already struggling with too few grocery stores now faced additional barriers to securing healthy, fresh foods, while at the […]

34 Years of Fighting Hunger Differently

At DC Central Kitchen, we love personal anniversaries. When a colleague completes another year of meaningful employment of DCCK. When someone we love marks another year of sobriety. When a married couple who spent their second date volunteering in our kitchen is still going strong. Organizational anniversaries are a little different for us. We’ve always […]

DC Restaurants Launch Fundraisers to Celebrate DCCK’s 34th Anniversary

DC Central Kitchen is commemorating our 34th anniversary on Friday, January 20th! Since that first night in 1989, we’ve served millions of meals to shelters, community centers, and schools, expanded access to healthy, fresh groceries in food apartheid areas, and trained more than 2000 individuals facing high barriers to employment in the culinary arts. None […]

Becoming The Change I Want: Reflections from a CJT Grad

Since 1989, DC Central Kitchen has empowered more than 2,000 individuals through their award-winning Culinary Job Training Program (CJT), including me! As a recent graduate of the 2022 Fall Cohort, I want to tell my story and share the wisdom that motivated both myself and my fellow classmates throughout our 13 weeks of training. When I […]