My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for DC Central Kitchen, Inc., Washington, DC, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
...everyday dining; they've placed successful program graduates in restaurants throughout the area.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
...expand it to Baltimore.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
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?