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 a large-scale produce bag assembly and distribution model at 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.
  • Support the restaurant industry. Be a thoughtful and gracious diner, tip well, and encourage anyone with a ‘Help Wanted’ sign to call DCCK about hiring one of our culinary graduates. Get ideas for how you can support the restaurant community.
  • Stay connected. Sign up for our newsletter & follow us on social media to keep up with what we’re doing in the community.

Where to learn more

Contact us

  • Questions on meal operations?
    Email Andrew Finke, Chief Operations Officer 
  • Looking to donate food?
    Email Amy Bachman, Director of Procurement 
  • Have a media inquiry?
    Email Melissa Gold, Director of Communications 
  • Questions on specific funding needs?
    Email Alex Moore, Chief Development Officer

Thank you to the organizations and individuals who have stepped up to support our COVID-19 efforts.