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DC Central Kitchen, Inc.
January 11, 2011

DCCK is a rarity among food charities: a vertical operation that tackles the food insecurity problem at multiple levels, and manages to get a meaningful degree of reuse out of its donated resources. Its food doesn't just go straight to the needy; it first drives a culinary training program for putting people back on the path to self-sufficiency with skills in hand. Every 16 weeks, another class of 25 students begins their journey. Those same people staff a fully-qualified and competitive catering program that increases both public awareness and funding for the program.

I'm hard-pressed to think of another charity that is structured with such elegant efficiency. And it works.

From a volunteer standpoint, they operate several well-organized and well-equipped prep shifts per week, conveniently scheduled, in a bustling and social setting. It's among the most fun I've had as a volunteer, and the high demand for the limited number of openings suggests that others would agree.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...everyday dining; they've placed successful program graduates in restaurants throughout the area.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...expand it to Baltimore.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Ensure that knives and peelers are sharp :)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spent several hours preparing vegetable ingredients for future use: peeling, slicing, dicing, storing.