There are a number of REALLY GREAT organizations here in the DC area that are doing work to address hunger issues. Today I want to talk about DC Central Kitchen.
DC Central Kitchen puts into practice the saying "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime." One of their signature programs is the Culinary Job Training program that helps homeless, unemployed, underemployed, and previously incarcerated individuals learn both the "hard" and "soft" skills that are needed to work in a commercial kitchen. Graduates of the program are also assisted in finding a job, so that their new skills are not wasted.
And this is only one of their programs. They have their own in-house catering company that employs graduates of the Culinary Job Training program, they participate with DC colleges in the Campus Kitchens project, they have a food recycling program, and utilize efficiencies to distribute meals to other local social services organizations at a lower cost than if those organizations had to prepare the meals on their own.
Their annual fundraiser is coming up, with discount tickets on sale through Friday. Here is the email that I got this morning: