VIDEO: The John Fenner Dish Room

DC Central Kitchen

Our community is at a turning point. But we’re about to prove that this city has everything it needs to solve its biggest challenges. That starts with our people. People like John Fenner. Please watch our brand-new video to hear John’s story in his own words!

John’s been our unstoppable dishwasher for 22 years, ensuring safety and sanitation in the homeless shelter basement we’ve called home for decades. Now, he’ll bring his trademark positivity to the super-sized John Fenner Dish Room in our new facility.

We are just weeks away from opening our expanded, 36,000-square-foot headquarters where we will triple our capacity to train people like John for culinary careers and make healthy food available in every neighborhood. But we need your help. 

This December, all donations will be matched 100% by The John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, up to $100,000!

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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