> WE NEED A NEW TRUCK!

With your donation toward purchasing a new box truck, we could recover as much as one million pounds of wasted food in our next fiscal year.

DONATE FOOD

DC Central Kitchen transforms thousands of pounds of wasted food every day into nutritious meals for our community. We recover food from businesses, cafeterias, restaurants, grocery stores, catering companies, wholesalers, farms, farmers’ markets, and more!

Contact our food recovery team to schedule a food donation delivery or pick-up. Please indicate the size of your donation (e.g. pounds or servings) and whether your donation is prepared food (e.g., catering leftovers) or unprepared food (e.g., fresh produce).

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.

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.


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.

Healthy Corners

Winner of the National Social Innovation Challenge, Healthy Corners partners with corner stores to deliver fresh produce and healthy snacks to DC’s food deserts. Learn More.

Fresh Start Catering

Fresh Start Catering features high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. When you do business with Fresh Start Catering, you are directly supporting DC Central Kitchen’s programs and culinary graduates. Contact our catering team to inquire about hiring us!

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 contact Erica Teti-Zilinskas.

Our Industry Partners

1789 Restaurant
2941
Al Tiramisu
Alta Strada
Anthem
Art & Soul
B Too
Bantam King
Bar Civita
Bearnaise
Beefsteak
Bistro Bis
BLT Steak
Boqueria
Borinquen Lunch Box
Buffalo Bergen
Cafe Deluxe
Captain Cookie
Carmine’s
Cava Mezze
Centrolina
China Chilcano
DBGB
Declaration
Del Campo
Del Frisco’s Grille
District Distilling Co.
Dolcezza
Entyse
Fainting Goat
Fare Well
Farmers & Distillers
Firefly
Fyve
Good Stuff Eatery
Grist Mill
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hill Country
Hilton
Honeysuckle
Indique
Iron Gate
Jaleo
Kapnos
Kaz
Kyirisan
Le Diplomate
Lebanese Taverna
Ledroit Royal
Lincoln
Maketto
Marriott
Nando’s Peri-Peri
Nitro’s
Ocean Prime
Pinstripes
Pizzeria Vetri
Policy
PX
Radiator
Rappahannock River Oysters
Requin
Ripple
Ris
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Santa Lucia Coffee
SER
Shake Shack
Shouk
Sonoma
Taberna del Alabardero
Teddy & The Bully Bar
The BBQ Joint
The Riggsby
The Smith
The Source
The Wine Kitchen
Think Food Group
Tico DC
Trummers on Main
Urbana
Vidalia
Vinoteca
Water & Wall
West End Bistro
Woodberry Kitchen
Woodward Table
Zengo