COVID-19 RESPONSE Two years of impact at DC Central Kitchen
Learn about our response and what you can do to help.
What we prioritized
Scratch-cooking and delivering more than seven million healthy meals for schools, shelters, nonprofits, and front-line partners across the region.
Sourcing directly from hard-hit local farmers and building a large-scale emergency grocery program
Creating and sustaining economic opportunity by hiring graduates of our training program to meet critical needs and make up for the loss of our beloved volunteer program.
Providing deeply discounted fresh produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without grocery stores through our Healthy Corners program and ensuring customers could use Federal benefits at these stores, ensuring a win/win for our local economy.
Supporting grassroots mutual aid networks of neighbors helping neighbors by supplying free meals, produce bags, and infant formula.
Sharing our finite resources with small businesses, hospitality partners, and less visible yet highly impactful nonprofit organizations through strategic and value-driven partnerships.
What we’ve done
Increased our investment in local farmers, including Black and Latinx farmers, to sustain their operations and prevent crop waste
Built alarge-scale produce bag assembly and distribution modelat the Washington Convention Center, with initial logistics support from Occasions Caterers
Converted our family-style meal production model to individually packaged meals in less than 48 hours
Empowered thousands of SNAP customers and other shoppers to purchase fresh food at corner stores and plan shopping trips with a new mobile app
Established nine mobile feeding sites for youth to ensure food access throughout the summer
Provided mini-grants to smaller partner nonprofits stepping up to fight hunger in their communities
Engaged local restaurants and caterers to help us keep up with demand for meals while retaining their staff
Recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds of surplus food from farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and event venues
Invested in living wages, comprehensive health coverage, and personal protective equipment for our staff
Responded to the suspension of our much-loved volunteer program by creating employment opportunities for nearly 20 DCCK graduates in our organization and through Get Shift Done
Earned recognition from No Kid Hungry, Today, Washington City Paper, DCist, WAMU, and other leading outlets for our innovative response efforts.
How you can help
Donate. As always, a financial donation to DC Central Kitchen is the single best way to help us keep our operations running today and scale our capacity during the city’s recovery. Make a donation today.
Elevate. Help spread the word about how DCCK and other local organizations are addressing food insecurity while helping ensure a more just recovery.