A message from our CEO:

Friends,

35 years ago, DC Central Kitchen set out to turn the traditional soup kitchen model on its head by feeding our city’s deeper hunger for jobs, for respect, for opportunity. It wasn’t easy, and many doubted if leftover food could become nutritious meals and if people who had known homelessness and incarceration could become thriving culinary professionals. But they could, and through it all, we had friends and allies like you. As we mark our 35th anniversary, I want to thank you for your tremendous support and shared commitment to providing the healthy food, good jobs, and hope our city needs right now.

This annual report shares the impact your support had in the past year while reflecting on our larger journey since our founding in 1989. For three decades, we took our city’s biggest challenges from a cramped and crumbling shelter basement. In March 2023, we opened our long-awaited new headquarters, the Klein Center for Jobs and Justice in Southwest DC. This 36,000 square foot facility has already allowed us to double the number of healthy meals we serve in DC schools each day, more than double our output of nutritious summer meals for food insecure kids, expand our innovative solutions to urban food deserts and senior hunger, and dramatically increase enrollment in our acclaimed Culinary Job Training program. Our record-breaking results led Washington City Paper to name us DC’s Best Food Nonprofit, one of more than a half-dozen major awards for innovation, leadership, and community impact we received in 2023.

None of this year’s measurable results, or inspiring personal stories of triumph, would be possible without you. Hunger is still far too common in our city, with more than a third of our neighbors worried about affording enough food. We have too many young people and returning citizens struggling to launch real careers and achieve their potential. After the pain of the pandemic, many would say our city faces an uncertain future. But here’s what I’m certain of: after more than 12,800 consecutive days of serving our city, DC Central Kitchen will never stop stepping up for our community, and we’ll never have to do it alone. Thank you for believing in our solutions to hunger and poverty and for helping us bring them to more people and neighborhoods than ever before. I hope you enjoy this year’s report and I look forward to working with you to do big things in the year ahead.

 

Mike Curtin Jr.

CEO, DC Central Kitchen

35 years of fighting hunger differently.

See the journey you’ve made possible!

Use the sliders below to see the ‘then-and-now’ highlights from our 35 years of fighting hunger differently. 
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Grand Opening

The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs and Justice

In March 2023, DC Central Kitchen opened our brand-new, 36,000 square foot headquarters, the Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs and Justice. Already recognized with numerous awards for innovation, impact, and architectural design, this new facility in Southwest DC is also the site of our third social enterprise cafe. 

Impact at-a-glance

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Our Favorite Stories

Awards & Recognition

DC Central Kitchen and our people have received a number of awards and recognitions this past year, here are just a select few…
HR Impact Award

The Washington Business Journal recognized our Dr. Tochukwu Okasi-Nwozo as one of the region’s leading human resources innovators with the 2023 HR Impact Award.

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Hunger to Health

DCCK was one of two national recipients of this prestigious Innovation Award. Funds from the award support our efforts to share knowledge and build partnerships across the country.

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Community Impact

The community development experts at CAHEC honored DCCK and our new facility with their Outstanding Community Impact Award.

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Best of DC 2023

Washington City Paper readers named DCCK the city’s Best Food Nonprofit in this year’s Best of DC Poll—our second time receiving this honor! 

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DC Central Kitchen is rated as a four-star charity, achieving a perfect score of 100% based on Charity Navigator’s Encompass rating system.

Financials

We continue to generate much of our operating revenue through our sustainable social enterprises. Essential support is also provided by foundations, individuals, corporations, and government grants. Financials presented here are a summary.
Revenue Sources

Percentage of expenses spent of Fundraising and Development (FY23): 7%

Contributions Breakdown

Percentage of expenses spent on Management and General (FY23):  10%

Thank you

Last year we promised that we would do more, and we couldn’t have done any of this without you! DC Central Kitchen is grateful for the thousands of financial supporters, partners, and volunteers who make our work possible every year through their generous gifts of time and resources. We are honored to recognize many of these contributions in our 2023 donor list. Donor lists for the current fiscal year of 2024 will appear in the corresponding annual report, which will be available in the spring of 2025.