A Letter from Our Co-Chairs

Joining DCCK’s Bringing the Kitchen Home Campaign Committee was a no-brainer for long-time supporters and community leaders José Andrés, chef and cofounder of ThinkFoodGroup, and Thomas Penny, President of Donohoe Hospitality. Together they, alongside a passionate group of campaign committee members, have pledged to raise $35 million to build out the new space, cover rent for the next ten years, and dramatically expand programming. Learn more about our campaign’s robust and dynamic leadership and vision below, in a letter from José and Thomas.  

 “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.”  

 DC Central Kitchen is honored to fight hunger alongside these community leaders. Learn more about our campaign’s robust and dynamic leadership and vision, and how you can help, here. 

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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