Our founder, Robert Egger, launched DC Central Kitchen and within 6 months, we were delivering meals to 30 agencies. That same year we started our Culinary Job Training program.
Why bother just to pick up and deliver food when there’s this golden opportunity to train people?”
- Robert Egger
The Albuquerque Tribune,
July 7, 1989
We didn’t stop there. With the launch of Fresh Start Catering, we became job creators and an early adopter of social enterprise.
Egger’s operation has more in common with a start-up company than a traditional soup kitchen.
The Wall Street Journal,
November 29, 1999
We started The Campus Kitchens Project, which now replicates our model at 68 high school and college campuses across the country.
The recession hit, and instead of trying to wait out those challenges, we grew, earned more of our own revenue, and created more jobs by signing our first Healthy School Food contract.
We started Healthy Corners and for the first time, our social enterprise portfolio earned more than 50% of our annual budget (we’ve kept this up every year since).
Our 100th Culinary Job Training Class graduated, joining a community of over 1,800 alumni.
Today, DC Central Kitchen doesn’t just boast a wildly successful job training program, it has its hand in just about every corner of the city where food and outreach intersect.
July 10, 2015
Last year, we prepared a total of 3.2 million meals for 76 community agencies and 15 DC schools, and we delivered 251,900 units of affordable healthy snacks and fresh produce to 71 corner stores.
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