2020 Annual Report

This year pushed all of us to the limit.

Thanks to you, DC Central Kitchen pushed back.


Stories of change

Winter/Spring 2020

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Announces DCCK as its Game Changing Partner

 “What’s so powerful about DCCK is they are tackling a problem in our neighborhoods in an innovative and fun way, for the benefit of our entire region. Their ethos of non-stop, bold and creative thinking on ways to serve the community so closely aligns with our own philosophy,” said Anu Rangappa, Vice President of Social Impact for MSE. 

Meet Ablawa

Ablawa is a prime example of DCCK’s mission. After successfully completing the Culinary Job Program in 2017she joined the Healthy Corners team as a nutrition educator and in 2020 she returned back to the CJT team as a Culinary Arts Instructor – all while working to become a US citizen. Learn more about Ablawa’s journey here. 

Store Champions

Healthy Corners, DCCK’s pioneering venture that is sustainably expanding healthy food access in DC’s food deserts, is always looking for ways to strengthen our connections with the communities we serve. That’s why we launched the Store Champion program, a special opportunity for community leaders in our HC store locations to provide meaningful feedback on the operation and logistics of the HC program.

Summer/Fall 2020
Looking forward

In March 2020, we watched the world change. But DC Central Kitchen rose to the challenge, transforming our partner schools into feeding sites, developing a large-scale grocery distribution effort on the fly, and supplying millions of nutritious meals, fresh produce bags, and infant formula kits to community members around DC. Learn more about our pivots in an ever changing landscape here.


Coronavirus Alters How DC Central Kitchen Feeds The District

“When the coronavirus pandemic hit the District last spring, DC Central Kitchen had to shift its operations from being workforce development program to producing more meals than it had ever done before, over 2 million in the first seven months of the pandemic.” – Michael O’Connell, Patch. Learn more about how we shifted our operations in the wake of the pandemic in this piece. 

DCCK partners with World Central Kitchen and Dreaming Out Loud

DCCK prides itself on making the necessary connections to better serve the growing hunger needs of our community. That’s why it made sense to collaborate with two of our fellow hunger fighters, Dreaming Out Loud and World Central Kitchen, to create a mobile feeding initiative that brought meals to kids and seniors in underserved communities. Learn more about these exciting partnerships here.

DC Food Banks and Nonprofits Face Dueling Crises During the Holidays

Each year organizations ramp up efforts to meet increased needs during the holiday season but in the midst of the global pandemic, DCCK found itself facing elevated challenges along with elevated need. Learn more about how we combated hunger during the 2020 holiday season. 


We continue to generate nearly half of our operating revenue through our sustainable social enterprises. Essential support is also provided by foundations, individuals, corporations, government grants, and our COVID-19 relief donors. Financials presented here are a summary – you can access our full audited financials here. 


While the stories above reflect our work to fight hunger differently in 2020 and beyond, the financials listed here encompass the fiscal year of 2020, running from July 2019-June 2020. Donor lists for the current fiscal year of 2021 will appear in the corresponding annual report, which will be available in the spring of 2022.




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