> A STRATEGY THAT MATTERS

DC Central Kitchen presents our latest annual report.  See how we’re delivering on our mission, contributing to sustainable progress, and making the best use of our resources

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.

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.

Our Industry Partners

1789 Restaurant
2941
Al Tiramisu
Alta Strada
Anthem
Art & Soul
Bantam King
Beefsteak
Beuchert’s Saloon
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
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
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
Vinoteca
West End Bistro
Woodberry Kitchen
Woodward Table