We develop innovative social ventures that break the cycle of hunger and poverty.


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).


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.

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
Al Tiramisu
Art & Soul
BLT Steak
Buffalo Bergen
Cafe Deluxe
China Chilcano
Farmers & Distillers
Good Stuff Eatery
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hill Country
Ocean Prime
Think Food Group
Water & Wall
West End Bistro
Woodberry Kitchen
Woodward Table