about the kitchen

Since Mundo Verde’s inception in 2011, healthy, real food has been one of our deeply rooted passions and commitments.  As our community has grown so has our ability to provide food education programming, beautiful garden spaces, connections to our local food system, and an increased focus on our school meals program. 

Consequently, a commercial grade demonstration kitchen has been a central part of our campus vision throughout the design and development process. However, given a tight move-in timeline and funding limitations the kitchen project was delayed. Despite the absence of a fully functional kitchen, Mundo Verde incrementally increased student’s accessibility to high quality local foods sourcing our school meals.

We are now ready to add this much awaited feature to our LEED-certified, one-of-a-kind sustainability demonstration campus. The addition of the kitchen will allow the connection between our daily food service and our food education program to flourish. The kitchen will elevate the quality of school meals, promote inclusion and accessibility of healthy fresh food to families, be used as an educational tool to align our already comprehensive health and wellness programming, and eventually fuel the extension to external initiatives to benefit our community.

The total cost of our kitchen construction is $260,000. To date we have raised $173,000 thanks to a combination of private and public grants as well as $58,000 in proceeds from the Mundo Verde Gala in May. We expect to cap the project with individual contributions made by families and friends during the 2017 Year-end campaign.

We are excited about bringing the smells, sounds, tastes, and learning opportunities of a full service kitchen to the heart of our school.

Commercial-grade equipment + MV’s wellness + Food education programming + Chef

Combination Ovens: Combination ovens cook food using traditional oven heat and also introduce steam into the cooking process.  This system will help us steam our vegetables perfectly and create proteins that are better textured and more evenly cooked.  

Tilt Skillet: A tilt skillet will allow us to cook food in larger batches, such as homemade soups, pasta, greens, and many other items. This piece of equipment will help save us time and allow us to cook quickly!

Four Burner Range: A range is important to finish sauces and glazes for school meals. It will also be a key piece for programmatic usage – we’ll use it for cooking classes and demonstrations for families to showcase cooking that can be done using a simple stove top like the one in most homes.

Grease Hood System: The biggest installation needed to complete our kitchen is a ventilation hood system, which regulates the air in the kitchen.  The system controls exhaust and grease and vents them out, so the kitchen, the rest of the building, and its occupants remain safe. We will need to hire a general contractor to install this system and will collaborate with the D.C. Fire Marshall to ensure it is properly installed and sustainable for the future of our kitchen.

Reach-in Cooler and Freezer: Refrigeration is crucial to the success of a from-scratch kitchen, so we will be building out additional space for our refrigeration and freezers in our first floor and basement. This will require tiling the basement and creating additional safe prep space near our coolers.

Small Appliances: While the large appliances take much of the space and attention, it is the small appliances that will allow for faster and easier prep. Some must-have small appliances include commercial grade blender, stand mixer, food processing machine, and immersion blender. Our students and community members will also use these items during cooking classes we plan to host on-site.

Kitchen Basics: Any chef will tell you that you can't cook if you don't have the right tools! We need spatulas, cookware (stockpots, saucepans, and sauté pans), baking sheets, ladles, strainers, mixing bowls, knives, and all the pieces that will help us stir, blend, and chop delectable meals within our kitchen.

How to Give

  • Donate online: Click the DONATE NOW button above.

  • Donate by check, cash or money order: Send to Outreach Office, Mundo Verde PCS, 30 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

  • Leverage your gift:

  • Check with your employer about participation in the United Way or CFC campaigns

  • Employer matching: Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program.

Contact Isadora Carreras at 202-750-7051 or at icarreras@mundoverdepcs.org to find out more. We invite your questions and thank you in advance for your generosity!