> DC CENTRAL KITCHEN
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).
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.
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.
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.