If you encounter any issues with making a donation, please contact

Give By Check

Send your donation by mail

Donate Food

Help us provide nutritious food for our meals

Other Ways to Donate

Give via stock, donor advised fund, or your workplace

Donate By Check

Please mail your check donation to DC Central Kitchen’s deposit box at:

Mail this form with your donation to ensure we have all the information needed to provide a tax receipt for your gift.

Our deposit box is the most direct and safest way to send your donation to DC Central Kitchen. Donations received at this PO box are immediately deposited into our bank account, allowing us to put your donation to work right away.

Donate Food

While we work to prevent food waste and combat hunger in our community, we do not operate as food bank or a soup kitchen. We partner with wholesalers, grocery stores, restaurants, farms, and catering companies to recover food that would otherwise go to waste.

Currently we only accept raw protein and produce donations. These unprepared ingredients give our chefs the most flexibility to create healthy, complete meals.

Please contact to schedule a food donation delivery or pick-up*. In your email, please include:

      First Name:

      Last Name:

      Company/ Organization (if applicable):


      Phone Number:

      Type of raw produce or protein available: 

      Quantity or pounds of food available: 

      Pick up or drop off:

      Pick up address:

      Date and time food is available:

*Please note that we have a pick-up minimum of 100 lbs and pick-ups must be scheduled at least a week in advance.

Please contact us BEFORE dropping off any donation. We will not accept any unexpected donations dropped off at the Klein Center.

Due to the volume of meals we produce and the specific nutritional standards we must follow, we cannot utilize prepared food donations (i.e. catering leftovers).

If you would like to donate prepared food or don’t meet our other requirements for food donations, please contact Food Rescue US – DC.

Other Ways To Donate

Monthly donations provide a steady stream of support for our year-round programs. Set up a hassle-free, automated monthly or quarterly donation to DC Central Kitchen using our online donation form.

Recurring donations are automatically charged each month on the day you made your first gift (so if you made your first gift on November 12, your next gift will be charged on December 12). We will send you an annual giving statement for your tax purposes in January of each year. Easily change your gift amount, payment date, or frequency via email at or phone at 202-847-0222.

Please direct your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) grant to be mailed to DC Central Kitchen’s deposit box. Funds sent to this PO box are deposited immediately, so we can put your donation to work right away. DC Central Kitchen’s Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 52-1584936.

DC Central Kitchen
PO Box 417406
Boston, MA 02241-7406

Donors using Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable or BNY Mellon: please use the convenient DAF Direct link to designate a gift to DC Central Kitchen.

DC Central Kitchen accepts gifts of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. Donating securities is easy and you receive a two-part benefit of receiving an immediate tax deduction and avoiding capital gains tax. The amount of your gift will be determined by the value on the day it is transferred into DC Central Kitchen’s account.

To make a gift of stock, please contact us for the necessary information to arrange for a transfer of securities into DC Central Kitchen’s brokerage account. Please email or call 202-847-0222.

Make fighting hunger differently part of your lasting legacy by including DC Central Kitchen in your estate plans. There are many ways to include DC Central Kitchen in your estate plans, including through your will, revocable trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. Planned gifts can accommodate your lifestyle now while securing a stronger future for DC Central Kitchen. Read more about ways to include DC Central Kitchen in your estate plans.

If you have included DC Central Kitchen in your estate plans, please let us know! We’re eager to recognize your commitment in the Legacy of Change Society. Please email or call 202-847-0221.


Support DC Central Kitchen through your workplace giving campaign.
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Many workplaces will match donations made by employees. Contact your HR department to see if your donation to DC Central Kitchen is eligible for a matching grant.

Note: DC Central Kitchen is not able to accept donations through PayPal or the PayPal Giving Fund. Any donations designated to DC Central Kitchen made through PayPal or the PayPal Giving Fund will be redirected to another nonprofit (see the PayPal Giving Fund’s Donation Delivery Policy).