At Kaiser Permanente, we realize that the underlying cause of many challenges in the communities we serve is poverty. That’s why we continue to find new and dynamic ways to address food insecurity at the intersection of socioeconomic opportunity. As part of our commitment to improving the health in the communities we serve, we recently invested a $100,000 grant in DC Central Kitchen’s (DCCK) latest project at THEARC, an iconic campus that is home to more than a dozen high performing nonprofits, schools, and health and wellness services in Ward 8. This satellite location will provide innovative job training for people ages 18 to 25 who have become disconnected from work or education. Our funding will also support curriculum development, job training, internship opportunities, and social service resource referral.
DCCK will provide innovative culinary job training for young people ages 18 to 25 who have become disconnected from work or education in DC’s Ward 8 and surrounding areas. The location will also feature a new café to serve as a community gathering space and provide fresh and healthy foods prepared by the students. DCCK has been designated as the hospitality industry intermediary of the DC Workforce Investment Council, which is the official oversight body of DC’s workforce system. This partnership is one of the pivotal pieces to expanding our work in the DC area with a replicable effort. Stay tuned for more developments and ways we can leverage our involvement to increase health, equity, and justice in our jurisdiction and beyond.
KPMAS has long supported DCCK through other partnerships and grants. Find out more here.