Culinary Job Training team launches CJT Café to provide hands-on training for students

Last month our Culinary Job Training team piloted the first-ever CJT Café, a fast casual, free dining experience for DC Central Kitchen volunteers run entirely by current students. The concept is an attempt to further students’ growth in the kitchen by providing hands-on training that teaches students about working from a set menu, firing orders,… Read more »

DC Central Kitchen again selected as DC Public Schools food service contractor!

DC Central Kitchen has been selected as one of the food service providers for DC Public Schools in the 2016-2017 academic year. A continuation of our partnership with DC Public Schools that began in 2010, DCCK will serve nearly 1,000 more low-income students, providing healthy, scratch-cooked meals to schoolchildren at 12 District schools in Ward… Read more »

Strawberries & Salad Greens Day: DCCK celebrates local, seasonal food at DC Schools

“Umm, excuse me miss; you said you were going to teach me about how strawberries grow after I try this salad. I’ve tried it!” an eager Aiton Elementary student exclaimed while examining a little plant with two new strawberries among its leaves. On Wednesday, June 8th, DC Central Kitchen’s school foods team celebrated the benefits… Read more »

We fed the 5000!

Back in April we announced that DCCK had partnered up with Feedback to host Feeding the 5000 in DC. On May 18, in an effort to shed light on the growing crisis of food waste and the practical solutions available, DC Central Kitchen and Feedback, with the support of more than 40 other like-minded organizations… Read more »

DCCK prepares more than 100 lunches for the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

For the fifth consecutive year, DC Central Kitchen was selected by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to prepare more than 100 kid-submitted recipes for the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Students from across the country ages 8-12 were invited to submit an original recipe of a healthy lunch they enjoy. For the challenge, two… Read more »

DCCK and UK-based Feedback bring popular food waste awareness event to DC

In the United States we throw away 40 percent of our food supply each year, even though 49 million Americans don’t have enough to eat.  In an effort to shed light on the growing crisis of food waste and the practical solutions available, Feedback, a London-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending food waste at every… Read more »