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>Our COVID-19 response

We’re working to deliver more meals to local shelters and operating emergency mobile feeding sites across the city.

Community Meals

Every day with the help of dedicated volunteers, we transform 3,000 pounds of otherwise wasted food into 5,000 healthy meals for our community. These aren’t simply bags of donated groceries or crates of canned goods – they’re real meals, made by hand by graduates of our Culinary Job Training program who now work for us full-time at living wages. We then put these meals onto our fleet of trucks and deliver them to more than 80 partner agencies in the Washington metropolitan area, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and after-school programs.



This year, DC Central Kitchen will be back on the road delivering free meals from our Mobile Meals food truck and meeting families where they’re at. Partnering with organizations and government offices like DC Hunger Solutions, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Cure the Streets allows us to expand our reach everyone who’s in need of a nutritious meal.


In response to the previous year’s high demand, we’re expanding our outreach to over 30 sites including public pools, summer camps, public schools, apartment complexes, community centers, and even retirement communities.


Yellow – All Ages

Red – 18 and under

Purple – 18 and under


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Our Impact Last Year

3.2 million

meals prepared for local shelters, nonprofits, and
public schools

1,000,089 pounds

of food recovered from grocery stores, farms, and other sources to prepare our meals

Over $3.7 million

saved by nonprofits who no longer need to prepare meals for their clients

Contact Information

Crystal Nicholas, Partnership Program Manager