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November 26, 2011


November 26, 2011

October 2006 my husband and I married. We employed "Fresh Start Catering," a part of the DCCK mission, to cater our wedding reception. It was our goal to use our event as a community service. All guests were asked to donate to a favorite charity in our honor in lieu of gifts, but I digress.

Fresh Start Catering teaches DCCK clients the skills necessary to succeed in the food business. The student staff who took care of our wedding reception were friendly, on time and professional. The food prepared by Fresh Start was attractive and delicious. From contracting their services to final clean up they were top notch and would compare favorably to any catering company. Our guests made rave reviews and asked us for referral information. We were so impressed that we've been supporting DCCK annually ever since.

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Fresh Start Catering, the teaching arm of DCCK

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From my observation they should keep on doing those things that they have done well.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

We chose DCCK Fresh Start Catering, a social service agency, to cater our wedding. We wanted as much of the money we spent to help our community.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

We support DCCK's mission each year.

What would you tell others about this organization?

They are a worthy organization that doesn't merely feed people, but mentors them to successful employment and self sufficiency.

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DCCK volunteers have three meaningful ways to spend three hours. Most (some 10,000 people in 2009) join our morning meal production shift. Between 9 am and noon, these individuals will work alongside DCCK staff and culinary trainees to prepare 4,500 meals for hungry and at-risk members of the DC community.

But not everyone is a morning person. We also offer an evening shift from 5 to 8 pm when our volunteers slice and dice fresh local produce recovered from area farms. The finished products are bagged and sealed for use in future DCCK meal production.

Finally, volunteers can also join our First Helping street-level outreach team. Each morning, First Helping volunteers serve breakfast to chronically homeless individuals at 4 locations in DC, offering hot meals and warm conversation. Volunteers are supported by highly qualified outreach workers with extensive knowledge of the areas and individuals they serve. First Helping volunteers must be 18 or older.

To learn more, visit http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/volunteer. We would love to see you around the Kitchen. Volunteer