On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 19, an enthusiastic group of Hanover volunteers headed to the D.C. Central Kitchen, also known as “the mother of all soup kitchens.” Our volunteers were greeted by a friendly staff that gave an inspiring and informative introduction to the kitchen, including its rich history and far-reaching impact on the community. After getting safety tips and protective gear (fashionable hair nets and aprons), our volunteers began the evening food preparation by slicing pounds of meat, grating huge blocks of cheese, and cleaning the enormous freezer. As the evening wrapped up, a joyful group headed home with cramping hands and hungry bellies feeling more connected to their community and the people at the very heart of it.
Here’s what our attendees had to says about the event:
“DCCK is such a wonderful organization. For the last 25 years, they have been innovating and rebuilding the urban food system in DC while creating programs to break the cycle of homelessness. The staff welcomed us with open arms and proudly shared stories about the dramatic and positive impact DCCK has made on their lives. The chefs are creative and talented – the head chef was the winner of Hell’s Kitchen! Volunteering at DCCK was such an incredible experience, I can’t wait to go back!” – Naama Ben-Daat, Graphic Designer
“I had a lot of fun! It was great to get back into DC and see behind the scenes at DC Central Kitchen. The amount of food they prepare every day is truly amazing. The best part of the evening was talking with the staff and other volunteers while prepping pounds and pounds of food.” – Ally Shaw, Development Associate
“Volunteering at DC Central Kitchen was fantastic. Not only did I get to spend time with coworkers outside of our regular work environment, but I was also able to learn from the empowering people at DC Central Kitchen. Their stories were beyond inspiring, and gave me hope that in collaborating with others, like my coworkers, we can make a difference in the lives of many.” – Emily Bliss, Development Associate
Due to generous donations from local grocery stores, restaurants, and many other supporters and sponsors, the D.C. Central Kitchen prepares and delivers 5,000 balanced meals to nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and non-profit organizations.
By Kim Tracy, Manager, HR Special Projects