Miriam’s Kitchen got its start when a group of individuals and faith-based organizations decided that people who spent their nights on the outdoor grates in Foggy Bottom needed a nutritious, hot breakfast. So every weekday morning for the last 28 years – on holidays, during heat waves, and in blizzards – this kitchen has served breakfast to chronically homeless men and women: 1,500 when Miriam’s was first featured in the Catalogue; over 4,000 today. A committed staff and over 2,200 volunteers meet the growing need; and new donors have pitched in too. As often happens in these cases, breakfast has expanded to include other things: health and mental health services; legal assistance; therapeutic groups; connections to longer-term resources. And guests are invited back each weeknight for a homemade dinner and additional support services. Miriam’s Kitchen provides more than sustenance: it helps guests improve their quality of life, and it offers its services with dignity and respect. Your support brings the most basic nourishment – body and soul – to those who need it.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; our services are provided out of our dining room in Foggy Bottom

Age Groups Served: Adult

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 49%; Asian American, 3%; Caucasian, 24%; Latino/Hispanic, 16%; Multicultural, 3%; Native American, 1%; Other, 4%

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income

  • Number of people housed:  
    Miriam's Kitchen helped move 88 people from the streets and shelters into permanent housing.
  • Number of meals served:  
    Miriam's Kitchen's professional chefs prepared more than 330 meals from scratch every weekday--78,000 over the year!
  • Number of people connected to health services:  
    Miriam's Kitchen connected 185 people to health services.
  • Number of people connected to mental health sevices:  
    Miriam's Kitchen connected 148 people to mental health services.
  • Helped secure funding to end homelessness for over 1,200 individuals and the funding needed to end veteran homelessness this year:  
    We launched The Way Home citywide advocacy campaign together with a half-dozen other lead agencies. It now has 80 organizational and 4,000 campaign partners.

Awards & Recognition

2016 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award
2016 Chief Program Officer named to DC Interagency Council on Homelessness
2015 Chief Program Officer given DC Behavioral Health Association's Founder's Award
2014 Leadersihp Greater Washington, Chief Development and Communications Officer, Sara Gibson
2013 Leadership Greater Washington (President & CEO, Scott Schenkelberg
2012, 2013 Charity Navigator Four Star Charity Status for sound fiscal management and transparent operations.
2012 Winner, Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award, for Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership--Scot Schenkelberg, President & CEO
2012 Finalist: Board Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement
2012 Leadership Greater Washington, Executive Director, Catherine Crum
2011 Washingtonian 50 Best Places to Work
2011/2012 Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Small Charities
2010 Meyer Foundation Exponent Award recognizing nonprofit leaders with a track record of accomplishment and potential for future growth and development
2010 Nonprofit Roundtable Future Executive Director Fellowship Catherine Crum, now Executive Director then Deputy Director 2010 Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work in Greater Washington
2010 Mayor's Art Award for Innovation in the Arts finalist
2009 Washington Business Journal Best Place to Work in Greater Washington
2009 Washington City Paper Best Place to Volunteer in DC
2009 Mayor's Art Award for Innovation in the Arts finalist
2008 Washingtonian Magazine Best Local Charities
2007/2008 Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Small Charities
2003/2004 Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Small Charities
2001 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management


Budget (FY2010)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Miriam's Kitchen is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $30 million for charities across Greater Washington.

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