D.C. Central Kitchen made headlines with this year’s Capital Food Fight, where top local chefs from around Washington, D.C., competed for the best culinary creation while raising funds for the Kitchen, which employs an innovative idea to help people overcome homelessness.
This culinary-based nonprofit
was born three decades ago with a new approach to combating hunger and
homelessness. In its early days, the organization collected extra food from
local restaurants, turning that “waste” into hearty meals for those in need and
training unemployed District residents in the culinary arts. The organization
now provides not only much needed meals but empowers individuals to establish a
path out of poverty through job training and resources.
D.C. Central Kitchen
participated this past year in the Stand Together Foundation’s Catalyst Program,
which provides business training and management tools to help non-profits scale
their efforts. The Foundation also sponsored this year’s Capital Food Fight
fundraiser to amplify how people are transforming their lives through the program.
One of those was Manouchka Bolden, who enrolled in D.C. Central Kitchen last
year to jump-start a career and set an example for her six children. After
graduating from the Culinary Job Training program, Manouchka now works with
D.C. Central Kitchen to assist and inspire new graduates.
This year, Manouchka received the D.C. Central Kitchen North Star Award, presented by Stand Together partner and NFL legend Shaun Alexander, for all her hard work and success.
D.C. Central Kitchen is helping break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in new ways, and it’s paying off. And in Manouchka’s case, she’s helping others do the same. “I want to be an advocate for women, especially those who have been abused or broken,” she says. “I want to be a voice.”