DC Central Kitchen

As part of the California State Society’s community outreach efforts, the CSS volunteers once a month at DC Central Kitchen. The mission of the Kitchen is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

DCCentralKitchen2Volunteer Information

The California State Society volunteers once a month at DC Central Kitchen. This is a great way to spend your Sundays giving back to the community while visiting with your friends! So think about getting a friend or two to volunteer with you.

Sign Up to Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer you must sign up ahead of time. So, please contact Katie Wheeler Mathews at 202-624-5275 or kmathews@wdc.ca.gov.
The CSS only gets 6 slots for each volunteer shift. So, if you have to cancel last minute please let us know right away as we will have to fill your spot.

Time

Volunteer shifts are once a month on Sundays from 8:45am-12:oopm. A pre-shift orientation is given for volunteers. Please arrive 15 minutes early (8:45 for morning volunteers) so that we may begin on time.

Location

DC Central Kitchen is located on the ground floor of the Federal City Shelter at 425 Second Street NW. The Federal City Shelter is a three story gray building on the southeast corner of Second and E Streets NW.

Please note that the Central Kitchen cannot be entered from Second Street. The entrance to the Central Kitchen is at the back of this building, down the service road off of E Street NW and is marked by a large sign. It looks like a service/delivery entrance.

Driving from Northwest D.C.

Heading east on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, turn right onto Ninth Street NW, then turn left onto E Street NW. Follow E Street, cross Second Street NW, then take an immediate right down the service road, just after the building or behind the building.

Driving from North Capital Street

Heading south on North Capitol Street, cross Massachusetts Avenue, then take a right onto E Street NW. Cross New Jersey Avenue and First Street NW, then take a left into the service road just before the building. If you come to 2nd St. NW, you’ve gone too far.

DCCentralKitchen1Driving from 395 North

On 395, take the D Street NW / U.S. Capitol exit. Stay in the right lane, and look for the D Street NW ramp which is marked by a small sign; do not follow the exit for the U.S. Senate. Take the D Street NW exit (which will put you on Second Street NW), and at the first traffic light go straight for one block, then take a right on E Street, then take the immediate right down the service road, just behind the building.

Driving from 66 East

Take 66 across the Roosevelt Bridge into the District. Follow Constitution Avenue (Route 50) to Sixth Street NW and take a left. Go straight for several blocks and take a right onto E Street NW. Follow E Street, cross Second Street NW, then take an immediate right down the service road, just behind the building.

Parking At The Kitchen

On Sundays, there is free metered parking along E Street NW, 1st Street NW and New Jersey Avenue NW, all within a block of the Kitchen.

Metrorail

  • Judiciary Square
    • Take the Red Line to the Judiciary Square stop. Exit onto Fourth Street NW, and turn around at the top of the escalator. Walk to E Street NW and take a right onto it. Stay on E Street, crossing 3rd St. and 2nd St. Turn right onto the service road, just behind the building.
  • Union Station
    • Take the Red Line to Union Station. As you exit the metro stop, take a right and proceed downhill toward Massachusetts Ave. Turn Left at the corner of North Capitol St. and Massachusetts Ave. Walk 1 block and turn right onto E St. NW. Walk 2 1/2 blocks west toward 2nd Street NW. Turn left onto the service road off of E St NW between 1st St. NW and 2nd St. NW.