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Our cafe on Mississippi Avenue in Ward 8 offers a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks, and coffees. Stop by today!

HIRE US

DC Central Kitchen operates successful social enterprises that provide healthy, delicious food for our community and create good jobs for graduates of our job training program.


Catering

We offer a variety of bagged lunch and buffet options for catering. Our fresh, high quality food features locally-sourced ingredients and is made with love by DC Central Kitchen staff and students. Learn more>>

Healthy School Food

DC Central Kitchen is a proud food service provider for 15 DC schools. Our locally-sourced, scratch-cooked, healthy meals were recognized with 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. Contact our School Foods team.

Hire Our Grads

If you are an employer looking to hire graduates of our Culinary Job Training program, please contact our Chief Programs Officer, Kimberly Brown.

Speakers Bureau

DC Central Kitchen’s experts and innovators are available for public talks, panels, and appearances. If you would like to request a presentation from one of our experts on the subjects of hunger, poverty, workforce development, food systems and food policy, food waste, school nutrition, nonprofit management, or social entrepreneurship, please fill out this brief questionnaire.

Community Meals


Every day, DC Central Kitchen transforms otherwise wasted food that is perfectly safe and nutritious into healthy meals for our community. We recover food from local farms, wholesalers, farmers’ markets, wholesalers, restaurants, grocery stores, and more!


Donate Food

Our greatest needs for food donations are raw protein and produce. These unprepared ingredients give our staff the most flexibility to create healthy, complete meals. 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).

Please contact our food recovery team to schedule a food donation delivery or pick-up.
We know that food recovery can’t be done alone. For that reason, we are pleased to partner with other like-minded nonprofits who can utilize safe food items that we can’t. If you would like to donate prepared food, please contact Food Rescue US.


Receive our meals

Every day, we transform 3,000 pounds of donated and recovered food into 5,000 healthy meals. Our staff loads these meals onto our fleet of trucks and delivers them to more than 80 partner nonprofits in the Washington metropolitan area, including homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and afterschool programs.

Our reliable meal deliveries allow our partners to focus their energy and resources on their unique missions. Last year, we saved these agencies $3.7 million in food costs. DC Central Kitchen is a recognized sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP). If you are interested in learning whether your agency qualifies for any of our Community Meal programs, please contact our community meals team.
DC Central Kitchen operates successful social enterprises that provide healthy, delicious food for our community and create good jobs for graduates of our job training program.


BEYOND FOOD

Check out our Amazon wish list for a list of needed supplies we can use in every DC Central Kitchen venture. Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile and select DC Central Kitchen as the benefiting charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price back to us!

Looking for another way to support our work? You can also make a donation and have a direct impact on our work to fight hunger and poverty.

Our Industry Partners

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Bistro Bis
BLT Steak
Boqueria
Borinquen Lunch Box
Buffalo Bergen
Cafe Deluxe
Captain Cookie
Carmine’s
Cava Mezze
Central Union Mission
Centrolina
China Chilcano
CIRCA
Daikaya
DBGB
Declaration
Del Frisco’s Grille
District Distilling Co.
District Winery
Dolcezza
Entyse
Fainting Goat
Farmers & Distillers
Firefly
Fyve
Good Stuff Eatery
Grist Mill
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hill Country
Hilton
Honeysuckle
Indique
Iron Gate
Jaleo
Joselito Casa de Comidas
Kaz
Kith + Kin
Kyirisan
Le Diplomate
Lebanese Taverna
Ledroit Royal
Lincoln
Maketto
Marriott
Matchbox
Mountain Valley
Nando’s Peri-Peri
Nitro’s
Ocean Prime
Pizzeria Orso
Pizzeria Vetri
Policy
PX
Radiator
Rappahannock River Oysters
RASA
Ris
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Sally’s Middle Name
Santa Lucia Coffee
Santa Rosa Taqueria
SER
Shake Shack
Shouk
Smoked & Stacked
Sonoma
Taberna del Alabardero
Teddy & The Bully Bar
The Hamilton
The Riggsby
The Smith
The Source
Think Food Group
Thip Khao
Tico DC
Trummers on Main
Urbana
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