>DC Central Kitchen
We develop innovative social ventures to break the cycle of hunger and poverty
Healthy School Food
DC Central Kitchen is the food service provider for 15 schools in Washington, DC – 12 DC Public Schools located primarily in Ward 7, and 3 private and charter schools serving low-income children. We source ingredients from more than 30 local family farms and every meal is scratch-cooked according to recipes designed by our expert team of chefs and dietitians. We fight hunger differently by providing the high-quality nutrition kids relying on school meals need to learn and grow while sustaining meaningful, living-wage careers for at-risk adults who have completed our Culinary Job Training program.
In addition to providing meals, we offer engaging cooking demonstrations, taste tests, and nutrition education lessons for the students and staff at the schools we serve.
2015 golden carrot award winner
Our Healthy School Food venture was awarded the prestigious Golden Carrot Award from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in 2015 for our exceptional work to improve the healthfulness of school lunches.
Our Impact Last Year
chose our fresh, locally-sourced, scratch-cooked meals
1,000,000 healthy school meals
served to low-income students
Locally sourced at least 50%
of every plate