Food For Life believes in a community where youth have meaningful work and fresh opportunity to discover their dreams.


Food For Life is a Christian social enterprise that uses food to teach older DC youth how to become more employable. Our students receive the opportunity, skills training, and support they need to take their best next step.



Food For Life is a culinary training and work readiness program for young adults  (ages 18-23) in Washington, DC. The young people with whom we work desire meaningful work and fresh opportunity to discover and live into their dreams. We take a comprehensive approach to food by using it as a tool for culinary training, work readinesslife skills training, and community building.

Food For Life aims to connect its students with life skills training and mentoring relationships so that they are better equipped to pursue their life goals, inside and outside professional kitchens.


We focus on 6-8 students for a nine-week period, Tuesday through Thursday, for a total of 20 hours per week.

On Tuesday and Thursday, students receive Culinary Skills training from trained chefs while preparing up to 50 "gourmet takeout" meals for customers who purchase the meals online. Here's a sample menu:

  • Butternut squash, mushroom and sage tart with house-made "ricotta"
  • Braised lamb with eggplant, chickpeas tomatoes, pearled couscous
  • Baklava with espresso syrup and candied orange zest

On Wednesday, Food Education classes provide opportunities to further explore food, food culture, food justice and how faith and food connect. Life Skills/Job Skills Training focuses on preparing students for employment and a healthy life. 



Office Address

Food For Life
1231B Good Hope Road SE
Washington DC 20020


Office Phone

(202) 630-1485



Food For Life
421 Seward Square SE
Washington DC 20003



(202) 546-1000 ext. 224

(only used during program hours)