#DECAPowerTrip Gives Back to D.C. Central Kitchen

During this year’s Ultimate DECA Power Trip in Washington, D.C., DECA members had the unique opportunity to get involved with a community service opportunity in our nation’s capital

H_Victoria_MengBy volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen, DECA members took a hands-on approach towards learning what it really means to be community oriented.

D.C. Central Kitchen was established to, “strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities,” by providing meals and resources to mitigate the effects of poverty. Since it was founded in 1989, D.C. Central Kitchen has played a significant role in fighting hunger and homelessness, with its successes being featured in news sources such as National Geographic, the PBS NewsHour, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

A group of DECA members and advisors were able to visit the organization’s main soup kitchen in downtown D.C. on Friday, November 18, to help prepare food, move inventory, and complete administrative tasks. This was a highly rewarding experience in which students got to see the power of social enterprise first hand.

dsc_3882While only a group of members got involved on location at D.C. Central Kitchen, nearly every Ultimate DECA Power Trip attendee contributed to the cause on Saturday, November 19, during the #DECAPowerTrip Food Truck Festival, where a portion of the day’s proceeds went to D.C. Central Kitchen.

In addition, DECA Images sold “grab-bags” of DECA merchandise throughout the conference to also benefit the cause.

As a result of a collaborative effort at this year’s Ultimate Power Trip, DECA was thrilled to present D.C. Central Kitchen with a donation of $500 at the end of the conference.

Read more about D.C. Central Kitchen’s mission and history here.

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