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2020 Annual Report: Summer + Fall Round-Up

At DC Central Kitchen, we’re used to doing what it takes to get the job done. But the past twelve months challenged us, beginning with well laid plans and pivoting rapidly to respond to the urgent needs of the community, exacerbated by the pandemic. Our annual report tells the story of this pivot, as DC Central… Read more »

With a little help from our friends

This past year, as the pandemic continued its devastating tour through our city and nation, DC Central Kitchen was honored by the outpouring of support from friends, neighbors, and community members. To support our COVID-19 Response efforts, which include serving over 3.3 million emergency meals to local shelters, senior citizens, and front-line nonprofits, we were so excited to partner with five amazing groups and individuals for the following virtual community FUNdraisers:   In 2020, DC… Read more »

Meet Ablawa.

“Do you really know what you’re getting yourself into?” was the question Ablawa asked herself as she started her first day as a Culinary Job Training (CJT) student in April 2017. After working as a home health aid, Ablawa was looking for something new and was excited to learn about DC Central Kitchen. It didn’t take long for her to know she was in the… Read more »

DCCK is Back to School – Now With Curbside Pickup

DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy School Food team knows how to pivot. As the food service provider for 16 schools in Washington, DC, we source ingredients from more than 65 local family farms to provide scratch-cooked recipes designed by our expert team of chefs and dietitians with the help of thousands of student taste-testers.  However, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, this DC Central Kitchen social enterprise has navigated one unprecedented challenge after another.  “It was almost like starting a whole new meal… Read more »

Improvising for the Community

For three decades, DCCK has been headquartered just four blocks from the U.S. Capitol in the Federal City shelter. In January, this proximity to the seat of American democracy brought a sudden shock to our ongoing emergency relief efforts. Because of the insurrection of January 6 to the ensuing, lengthy lockdown of streets surrounding the… Read more »

Request for Proposals: Marianne’s Café

DC Central Kitchen, in partnership with the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is issuing a Request for Proposals from individual artist, designers, or art/design teams to create an unique piece of hanging artwork for Marianne’s Café in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library at 901 G St. NW. Drawing on the history… Read more »