Meet Terence: DC Central Kitchen Culinary Job Training grad

“You know how it goes: go to school, get a job, have a savings account, maybe get married… that wasn’t my story.”   Finding a passion for cooking Terence Hill was 48 years old, in between jobs, living in a homeless shelter, and trying to secure a permanent job when he stumbled upon DC Central… Read more »

Inauguration Day: Another day at work

On January 20, the nation marked the inauguration of a new president. But that same day, just a few blocks away, DC Central Kitchen celebrated our 28th birthday. On January 20, 1989 during the inauguration of George H. W. Bush, Robert Egger launched DC Central Kitchen as he picked up leftover food from inaugural balls… Read more »

A year of working for a better workforce in DC

If you’ve been following DC Central Kitchen and our Culinary Job Training program for a while, you might already know that since the recession of 2008, we’ve trained 752 adults with histories of incarceration, homelessness, addiction, and chronic unemployment for culinary careers with an 89% job placement rate. You’ve probably also read success stories of… Read more »

How DC Central Kitchen changed my life

Lou, a DCCK graduate and employee, wrote the following letter to share his story of transformation. My name is Lou, and I’m a DC Central Kitchen graduate and a Lead Cook in our Community Meals program. I came to DC Central Kitchen in 2012 when I was ready for a change. I spent years working low-paying… Read more »

A 16-year partnership brings Thanksgiving to those in need

For the 16th year, the DC Jewish Community Center and DC Central Kitchen again partnered on Everything but the Turkey, an annual three-day service project in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Volunteers of all ages gathered at The Edlavitch JCC of Washington, DC (EDCJCC) to chop and prepare 13,000 servings of green beans, harvest… Read more »

A scholarship for a shining star

Each year at our signature fundraising event, Capital Food Fight, we honor a staff member who exemplifies the spirit of empowerment and change that we celebrate at DC Central Kitchen with the Shining Star Award. Recipients of the award are provided a scholarship to further their education in a specific field. Many go on to… Read more »