Morning Meal Prep



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


One-time only


425 2nd St. NW
District of Columbia
United States


Work alongside graduates of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program to help us prepare nutritious meals by cutting, chopping and/or peeling thousands of pounds of otherwise wasted food. With the help of volunteers like you, we prepare and deliver more than 5,000 meals to partner homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, halfway houses, and afterschool programs each day. No cooking or food service experience is required. The shift runs from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Please arrive 15 minutes early for orientation.


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Metro: The closest metro stop is Judiciary Square on the Red Line. From the Judiciary Square 4th and D Street exit, head south on 4th Street NW, left on D Street NW, left on 1st Street NW, and then left into the service alley just south of Sandwiches by Phillip. The entrance to the Kitchen looks like a service/delivery entrance and is marked by a large sign. 

Parking: there is no on-site parking at our Main Kitchen. Limited parking is available in lots at Union Station, on E Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets NW, and on the street. There is metered parking along E Street NW, 1st Street NW and New Jersey Avenue NW, all within a block of the Kitchen. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Groups of 6 or more volunteers must confirm their shift by email or phone 7 days prior to the scheduled date. We will send an email with confirmation instructions 7 days before the scheduled date. 

All volunteers must be 12 years or older. Storage space for volunteer personal belongings is limited, so please plan to travel light. Weekday morning volunteers are invited to stay for lunch at 12:00 p.m. 


Safety is our number one concern. All volunteers must wear appropriate and professional attire suitable for an industrial production kitchen. Please wear closed toed shoes, sleeves and long pants. Shoes with high-grip soles are strongly recommended. 

Due to health regulations, volunteers who do not follow this dress code will not be allowed to work in the Kitchen. Please remember: 

- No shorts or short skirts/dresses 

- No tights, spandex, leggings, or pajama pants 

- No tank tops or sleeveless shirts/dresses 

- No shirts with exposed midriff (front or back) 

- No open toed sandals or shoes 

- No clothing with crude or offensive words or images 

- No loose jewelry such as watches, bracelets, dangling earrings, and rings 

- No high heels 


We rely heavily on the hard work of volunteers in order to effectively serve our community. If you schedule a volunteer shift and do not show up, DC Central Kitchen cannot serve the community to the best of our ability. 

Groups of 6 or more volunteers must confirm their shift by email or phone 7 days prior to the scheduled date. Unconfirmed shifts will be cancelled 3 days prior to the scheduled shift in order to ensure DC Central Kitchen has enough volunteers to support our meal production.