The DC Food Recovery Working Group is an independent all-volunteer working group separate from any private or public entity. Although there are private and public members in this working group, the initiatives are chosen, developed and implemented either independent of any member organizations or partnered with specific organizations and/or fiscal agents selected for each unique initiative.
Coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort whose goal is to ensure that all DC residents are active, connected, healthy, engaged and happy in their environment.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
Community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to our Arlington, VA neighbors in need.
Non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.
Capital Area Food Bank
The largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic under-nutrition, heart disease, and obesity
Center for Food Safety
National non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.
Community Supported Gleaning Collective
Compost Cab deploys a clean, convenient, and cost-effective pick-up service for your organics. Then we deliver these materials to a nearby not-for-profit urban farm, where they’re transformed into the fertile soil needed to grow good, nutritious food for the local community. Everybody wins.
Similar to a recycling service, remedy we collect food waste and other organic material from the local community to be composted and reused. We offer both residential and commercial service as well as composting for events.
DC Central Kitchen
America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.
DC Department of General Services (DGS)
Under the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010, DGS is responsible for a variety of activities designed to ensure that schools are healthy, safe places to learn. These include programs on recycling and composting, energy reduction, drinking water testing, indoor air quality, and integrated pest management.
DC Department of Public Works (DPW) – Office of Waste Diversion
Charged with developing a zero waste plan to achieve at least an 80% waste diversion rate. It also serves as a liaison between the District and neighboring jurisdictions in developing regional waste reduction and diversion campaigns.
DC Food Policy Council
Washington, DC Mayoral council tasked with identifying regulatory burdens on the local food economy, collecting and analyzing data on the food economy and food equity, promoting positive food policies, and guiding organizations and individuals involved in the food economy.
Uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation’s capital.
DC Parks and Rec (DPR) – Urban Gardens Division
Works with communities across the District to establish outdoor gardens; offer workshops, classes and programs that enhance, enrich and expose all participants who are interested in gardening; and introduce new and innovative gardening ideas and best practices.
DC Public Library
Network of over twenty-five public libraries throughout Washington, DC. hosting events, public computers and inter-library loan services.
Dreaming Out Loud
Rebuilding urban, community-based food systems through social enterprise, helping to increase access to healthy food and improve community health, develop low-income entrepreneurs and cooperatives, and train at-risk adult residents for sustainable, family-supporting wages.
Is it OK to eat? This website features images of food items that might give some people pause (i.e. separated yogurt, a russeted apple, a really brown banana). Articles explain the science behind the items, in most cases concluding that they’re perfectly fine to eat. The goal is more peace of mind and less wasted food.
Eco City Farm
Established in 2010, ECO City Farms is an educational, non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local urban farming.
EPA – Sustainable Management of Food
This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office located in the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division focuses on national wide food recovery initiatives.
An environmental organization that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. We catalyze action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organizations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.
Through hands on lessons, healthy meals and a school-wide culture of health FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential.
Food Rescue US (Formally Community Plates)
Volunteers use the app to self-schedule food runs from restaurants, grocers, caterers and other food service organizations who have food destined to be thrown away and deliver it to soup-kitchens, food pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.
Food Not Bombs
Consensus-based collective that solicits food donations from grocery stores and restaurants and share hot vegan meals, bags of groceries, and seasonal clothes with and for those in need every Saturday from 2-4pm at Franklin Square in Washington DC.
Food Recovery Network
National nonprofit organization that unites and supports college students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses and local restaurants that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to hungry Americans.
Fox Haven Learning Center
Fox Haven is a farm, wildlife sanctuary, ecological retreat and learning center situated in the rolling piedmont hills of central Maryland.
Social enterprise that makes delicious, healthy, locally sourced snacks. We focus on using produce that would otherwise go to waste and we provide jobs for women who have been formerly incarcerated, homeless, or are otherwise disadvantaged.
Int’l Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) – DC Chapter
The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the ISSP takes advantage of DC’s confluence of knowledge and experience by engaging the myriad sustainability professionals in a variety of educational and professional development programs and activities.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)
Supports environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
Iona Senior Services
Supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based services to help people age well and live well.
Kid Power Inc
Inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout the District of Columbia.
Nonprofit working to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC.
We make our delicious, nutritious cold-pressed juices with 70-80% recovered fruits and veggies. We turn misfit fruits, veggies, trimmings and tops into delicious cold-pressed juice, fighting food waste in DC and NYC.
The Point A project is working to create a network of ambitious and engages income-sharing egalitarian urban communes as a starting point on the road to a more humane, satisfying, and sustainable world for all.
Sierra Club DC Chapter (Zero Waste Committee)
A committee of the Sierra Club DC Chapter dedicated to achieving zero waste in Washington, D.C.
USDA-FNS / SNAP Farmers Markets
America’s farmers markets and direct marketing farmers are a great source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods; we have made it a priority to expand access to such food for SNAP participants. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
William Penn House
Quaker center on Capitol Hill that engages people from all walks of life with issues of peace, reconciliation, social and economic justice, and environmental awareness, through inward reflection, hands-on experience, education, and community building.
Cultivates a sustainable, healthy, and just food system in the Washington, DC metro area via providing conscious food education programming and offering holistic eco-catering services.