A letter from the co-chairs

Now, more than ever before, Washington, DC needs DC Central Kitchen’s services, creativity, and boldness in fighting hunger and poverty.

As the proud co-chairs of the Bringing the Kitchen Home campaign, we are committed to helping DC Central Kitchen rise to this moment and overcome the severe constraints of its current location.

Twenty-five years ago, José discovered DC Central Kitchen as a young immigrant cook searching for his place in a new city and in the world. Instead of finding a run-of-the-mill soup kitchen, he became part of an engine of change – one that brought him to his own path and purpose.

Thomas was one of the organization’s earliest champions, serving as a hiring partner and food donor. He has devoted himself to creating career pathways in the hospitality industry for returning citizens, opportunity youth, and fellow Washingtonians who are part of the DC Central Kitchen family.

We know what is at stake in our city, and DC Central Kitchen offers real solutions at a crucial time. Join us in helping this outstanding organization fulfill its promise so more of our neighbors can fulfill theirs.

José Andrés

Think Food Group 

Thomas Penny

Donohoe Hospitality

The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs and Justice​

DC Central Kitchen is thrilled to name our new headquarters in honor of Michael R. Klein and his long-standing commitment to our mission. Michael’s $10 million seed investment in the Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs and Justice will allow us to triple our capacity and scale our ability to provide job training and healthy food at a time when our community needs these resources more urgently than ever before. 

campaign committee

José Andrés

Campaign Co-chair

Thomas Penny

Campaign Co-chair

Rick England

Foundation Giving Chair

Michael Klein

Corporate Giving Chair

Heather & Ryan

Committee Members

Craig Newmark

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Carol & Doug Steenland​

Committee Members

Eric Kessler

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Robin & Rob Wilder

Committee Members

Bruce Rosenblum​

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Lionel Lynch & Radhika Mohan ​

 Committee Members

Claudia Sherman​

Committee Member

Spike Mendelsohn​

Committee Member

Rock Harper​

Committee Member

Julia Baer-Cooper​

Committee Member

Mark Michael​

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Herb Miller

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join the fight

This campaign comes at a critical time for our community. Your support today will help DC Central Kitchen meet the demands of this moment and leave a personal legacy in the form of a stronger, fairer community in the years to come. For more information and naming opportunities, contact giving@dccentralkitchen.org.

Our donors

Thank you to the organizations & individuals who have stepped up to support the Bringing the Kitchen Home campaign:


Leadership Gifts

Michael R. Klein

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

DC Workforce Investment Council

Craig Newmark Philanthropies and craigstable

Vincent A. and Helen M. Sheehy Foundation

Carol & Douglas Steenland

Major Gifts

Arcana Foundation

The Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation 

Lee & Sally Brown 

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 

A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Grace & F Chapman Taylor

The Charina Endowment

Lisa & Sean Creamer

Lois & Richard England Family Foundation

Philip L. Graham Fund

Julie Farkas, Seth Goldman, and Eat The Change

Eric & Sharapat Kessler and the Family Alliance Foundation 

James P. McDermott & Karen L. Peterson

Mark Michael & Margarita Prieto

The Gregory B. Norton Family 

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Quinn Family Foundation

Bruce & Lori Laitman Rosenblum

Share Fund

Peter & Claudia Sherman

Sarah & Randy Tyree

Sunny Tyler Edelstein Tuttle & Rick Tuttle

Wells Fargo

Rob & Robin Wilder

World Bank Group Community Connections Fund


Supporting Gifts

Paul Clark & Debbie Myers

Roz & Don Cohen 

Jennifer Eddy

Larry & Beth Greenberg

Dick & Sarah Hollington 

Ted & Lynn Leonsis

Marriott International

Anne T. Melvin & Daniel J. Sullivan 

Jeffrey Menick

Charles & Shari Pfleeger

Target Foundation