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CoBank Commits $1 Million To Support DC Central Kitchen's Local Foods Initiatives

Posted 2/4/2016

DC Central Kitchen, the innovative, Washington, D.C.-based workforce development nonprofit and social enterprise today announced a $1 million commitment from CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States. DC Central Kitchen is dedicated to reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

With this contribution, CoBank and DC Central Kitchen continue a partnership that began in 2011, when the bank funded the purchase of a refrigeration truck and delivery van, used to move produce grown by family farmers in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to DC Central Kitchen’s meal preparation and distribution facilities.  Since then, the organizations have partnered to increase the use of fresh, locally grown produce in DC Central Kitchen’s various nutrition and hunger-relief programs at Washington-area schools, homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, and corner stores located in DC neighborhoods without access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more...

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