DC Central Kitchen, which has served the area’s less fortunate for decades, celebrated a new state-of-the-art facility on Friday that will see the organization more than double its reach.
For more than 30 years, the nonprofit organization has provided meals and job training, primarily in a downtown basement.
“The old facility, as I said, served us well for many years,” said CEO Mike Curtin Jr. “We’ve outgrown it; it’s no longer the appropriate place for an organization like DC Central Kitchen, but I’m not going to say I’m going to miss it.
Later this year, DC Central Kitchen will move into 36,000 square feet of classrooms, kitchens and offices on the southwest waterfront.
“One of the things the pandemic has shown all of us was a bright light not on why people are hungry, but why people are hungry, and what we can do here with it. “space, with the new training kitchen, with the classroom is to train 150% more individuals to take this path of self-sufficiency and liberation, to actively participate in the economic success that this city is currently experiencing,” said said Curtin.
The kitchen’s mission has always been to eliminate hunger by creating jobs and providing food.
Someko Hanson is one of thousands to graduate from the organization’s culinary program and has defied the odds.
“DC Central Kitchen changed my life,” she said. “It gave me the tools and skills to start, manage and operate my own business. Someone like me who didn’t go to college, who chose a different path but then wanted to change. DC Central Kitchen did that for me. It gave me a second chance in life; it gave me the opportunity to succeed.
DC Central Kitchen continues to fundraise to complete. Celebrity chef Jose Andres announced Friday that he would donate $500,000 to the effort.