Member Profile: DC Central Kitchen

Founding Model Member
Washington, D.C.

Each day, DC Central Kitchen turns 3,000 pounds of otherwise wasted food into 5,000 meals for 88 partner homeless shelters, halfway houses, and nonprofits across DC. They then recruit people at the agencies where their meals are served, enrolling them in their acclaimed Culinary Job Training program.

Established: 1989

Mission: To use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

Trainee Population: Homeless men and women

Social Enterprises: Catering, school meals, food manufacturing, senior meals, shelter meals*

*For a full list of all of programs offered by DCCK, visit:

"Catalyst Kitchens is the critical intermediary between grassroots and community-level innovators and national actors—foundations, media outlets, think tanks, and policy makers—catalyzing’ new solutions to the crises of hunger, unemployment, food waste, and inequitable access to healthy food.” 

– Alex Moore, Chief Development Officer,  DCCK