D.C. Central Kitchen Seeking Donations for Second Kitchen: DCist

D.C. Central Kitchen Seeking Donations for Second Kitchen: DCist.

D.C. Central Kitchen is raising funds to expand their programming with a second kitchen, known as the Nutrition Lab, which is set to open in late August. Donations made before August 20 will be matched up to $25,000 by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation — and the Kitchen is less than $1,000 away from their goal.

For those unfamiliar with the organization, DCCK “turns leftover food into millions of meals for thousands of at-risk individuals while offering nationally recognized culinary job training to once homeless and hungry adults.” The Nutrition Lab will give them more space for their culinary job training program, which utilizes local food to feed the homeless, and cater for schools, and low-income senior citizens.
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TCCOC Anniversary Picnic BBQ


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TCCOC would like to invite you to our anniversary picnic BBQ. There will be a selection of grilled meats including burgers, hot dogs, and chicken, served with sides like pasta and potatoe salad.

Here are the event particulars:
When: Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 11am until 3pm
Where: Noyes Park, Washington, D.C.

If you are interested in helping with the day’s events, or with the center in general, please contact Larry Hill or Lesley Reynolds. You can also contact us at (703) 472-0012.

Produce For People | Capital Area Food Bank


Just getting the word out…

The CAFB is making a renewed commitment to provide fresh, nutritious produce to members of our community who are experiencing hunger – many for the first time.

We are issuing an urgent appeal for your support to help us increase the amount of fresh produce we distribute to our more than 700 partner agencies.

The goal of our campaign – Produce for People — is to distribute 30 million pounds of food, including 15 million pounds of fresh produce, by June 30th. We have six million pounds to go and we need your support to reach that goal.

Why is the need so critical? Since 2006, hunger in the Washington metro area has increased by 25 percent and with the current rise in food prices, it’s only getting worse. With 1 in 5 children in the metro area struggling with hunger and with so many families having to choose between paying the mortgage, health care, or paying for utilities, it is imperative that we do more to nourish our community.

via Produce For People | Capital Area Food Bank.

Homelessness increases in D.C. area – The Washington Post

No surprise here. Please spread the word that if people need help or food they can come to the TCCOC. We have a food distribution service this Saturday at our DC location from 9 AM to noon.

The number of homeless families in the Washington region rose nearly 10 percent during the economic downturn, according to data released Wednesday as part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ annual survey of the homeless.

via Homelessness increases in D.C. area – The Washington Post.

Social Networking and Non-profits

Part of being a nonprofit is networking and reaching out to the community to ask for help.  Today that means more that just having a bake sale or a spaghetti dinner or raffling off a prize.  Those things are still important, it gives the charity an opportunity to directly interact with their supporters; however, today the use of social media is just as important.  The Internet has given nonprofits an endless stream of supporter and partners.

Today I decided that I would do some general upkeep on our Twitter account (@TCCOC) and I thought it would be a good idea to find and follow some like minded organizations.  It really is impressive… the number/diversity of the nonprofit organizations that you can interact with is really astonishing. From clean water projects (@charitywater, @TheWaterProject), AIDS (@GreaterThanAIDS, @AIDSgov), environmental causes(@nature_org, @RainforestUS) , to disaster relief (@SalvationArmyUS, @RedCross) sites like Twitter have really helped nonprofits connect with supporters and partners.

While all these causes are more than worthy of your time and donations, the TCCOC would like to highlight the following organizations.  These are, for the most part, based in the Washington, D.C. area, or they are the national partners of charity organizations that work in D.C.

Fair Chance DC



Fair Chance provides capacity building services to community based nonprofits in Wards 5-8 to give every child in DC the Fair Chance to Succeed.

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DC FoodForAll



Eaters and advocates, growers and wonks, working to bring healthy, sustainable and affordable food to all.


So Others Might Eat



SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital


DC Central Kitchen



DC Nonprofit that uses food as a tool for community empowerment


Capital Area Food Bank



We feed people at risk of hunger


Feeding America



Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity helping more than 37 million Americans each year.


Fredericksburg Area Food Bank



More than 7,000 people are receiving food assistance each month through our network of non-profit, faith-based, and community food assistance organizations.

From homeless child to star student – The Washington Post



Awesome accomplishments by this young man!

The young life of Michael Robinson is a story of sweat, studies and struggle. He is Springbrook’s first Ron Brown scholar; the designation, named after the late Clinton administration commerce secretary, comes with a $40,000 scholarship. It’s the latest accolade for an 18-year-old who grew up fatherless on a diet of canned foods and rice, endured months in a homeless shelter, and is now a first-generation college prospect choosing among Columbia, Princeton and Yale.


via From homeless child to star student – The Washington Post.