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D.C. Central Kitchen

Combating hunger, creating opportunity

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three stars

88.97

425 Second Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001
tel: (202) 847-0222   Web Site
EIN: 52-1584936

Board Leadership
Claudia Sherman
Chair

CEO
Michael F. Curtin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.97 three stars
  Financial 84.41 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 27 million meals for our low-income neighbors in Washington, DC - but don't mistake us for a soup kitchen.

The 5,000 meals we prepare each day are distributed at little or no cost to 80 homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.

Most importantly, we're working to shorten DC's line of hungry people by the way we're feeding it. In our main kitchen, we offer a rigorous Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. Our graduates have averaged a 90% job placement rate during the recession, and we now employ 60 graduates in social enterprises that create living wage jobs, serve healthy food, and earn the majority of our annual revenue.

DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 27 million meals for our low-income neighbors in Washington, DC - but don't mistake us for a soup kitchen.

The 5,000 meals we prepare each day are distributed at little or no cost to 80 homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.

Most importantly, we're working to shorten DC's line of hungry people by the way we're feeding it. In our main kitchen, we offer a rigorous Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. Our graduates have averaged a 90% job placement rate during the recession, and we now employ 60 graduates in social enterprises that create living wage jobs, serve healthy food, and earn the majority of our annual revenue.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of participants who gain employment
87
Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training
14
Number of jobs created and maintained
87
Number of meals served or provided
3,200,000
Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts
8,387,550
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

84.41

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by D.C. Central Kitchen on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by D.C. Central Kitchen on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
D.C. Central Kitchen (DC) 88.97 three stars
Boca Helping Hands (FL) 95.84 four stars
Kids' Food Basket (MI) 92.18 four stars
Project Angel Heart (CO) 93.93 four stars
Meals On Wheels America (VA) 94.84 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,803,591
   Federated Campaigns $132,081
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $516,929
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,298,559
Total Contributions $8,751,160
   Program Service Revenue $7,761,711
Total Primary Revenue $16,512,871
   Other Revenue $436,617
TOTAL REVENUE $16,949,488
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,167,626
   Administrative Expenses $982,773
   Fundraising Expenses $1,095,812
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,246,211
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-296,723
   
Net Assets $4,645,214

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Community Meals Program and Campus Kitchen Programs $6,317,790 41.7%
Healthy Schools Program $5,754,517 37.9%
Culinary Job Training Program $1,380,154 9.1%
Healthy Corners $763,536 5.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 06/01/2019 88.97 three stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 92.92 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 91.78 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 90.40 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 89.39 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1584936
Name in IRS Master File DC CENTRAL KITCHEN INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$196,235 1.13% Michael F. Curtin Jr. CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
D.C. Central Kitchen (DC) 88.97 three stars
Tri Lakes Cares (CO) 85.49 three stars
Friendship Trays (NC) 95.60 four stars
Meals on Wheels of Tampa (FL) 96.64 four stars
Kids' Food Basket (MI) 92.18 four stars

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • D.C. Central Kitchen
  • Campus Kitchens Project (55-0825492)

Charity Contact Info

D.C. Central Kitchen
425 Second Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20001
tel: (202) 847-0222
EIN: 52-1584936

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Board Leadership

Claudia Sherman
Chair

CEO

Michael F. Curtin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

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