This article originally appeared on June 9, 2022, published by Commercial Observer.
DC Central Kitchen, the nation’s first community kitchen, will leave its shelter basement headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a new home at The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs & Justice following a two-year campaign that raised $35 million.
The nonprofit has spent more than 30 years at 425 Second Street. The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs & Justice is at 2121 First Street SW in the Buzzard Point neighborhood. The 36,000-square-foot facility comprises two floors, including a state-of-the-art production kitchen, quick-service café, culinary training facilities, and office space.
“Our city needs healthy food and good jobs more than ever before,” CEO, Mike Curtain, Jr. said. “As D.C. continues to recover from the economic and health impacts of the pandemic, our combination of skills training, job creation and innovative, sustainable approaches to bringing nutritious food where it is most needed will help more of our neighbors share in that rebound instead of being left behind.”