FIND A SITE serving free summer meals.
Parents and kids. Learn more about the meals.
Sites and sponsors. Find out how to become a site or sponsor.
Download outreach materials. Find and download outreach flyers, posters and other materials located in the box on this page.
Advocates. Find statistics on participation and download resources.
The D.C. Free Summer Meals Program helps to fill the nutrition gap for the low-income children who depend on free and reduced-price school lunch and breakfast during the school year by providing nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children (ages 18 and under) during June, July, and August at hundreds of sites across the city. Meals are served at schools, community programs, faith-based programs, and recreation centers across the city. The summer food program is paid for by federal funds, which are available for every child who is eligible.
Along with bridging the school meal gap, the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program helps families stretch their food budgets throughout the summer months. It also helps prevent the summer learning loss by strengthening recreation and enrichment programs by providing a source of federal funding for nutritious food helping to ensure kids return to school sharp and ready to learn.
Serving Summer Meals Just Got Easier ó New USDA Guidance for Sponsors
New guidance (pdf) from United States Department of Agriculture Department of Food and Nutrition Services can help ensure that more District youth have access to the meals they need to learn and thrive.
What's happening with summer food in D.C.:
D.C. Ranked Number 1 Nationally
The D.C. Free Summer Meals Program has been ranked the best summer food program in the country for nine consecutive years for reaching the highest percentage of low-income children! Summer meals reached According to the Food Research and Action Centerís latest report, 1 out of 6 low income children eat meals during the summer months but in D.C. itís almost 2 in 3. D.C. Hunger Solutions is working to make the program even better by working with the District state agency, sites, and sponsors to provide support and ensure that strategies are put in place to reach as many youth and teens as possible. You can help by downloading outreach materials and spreading the word about this critical program.
D.C. Awarded $30,000 Grant to Support the DC Free Summer Meals Program
The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $30,000 grant, which will support the DC Free Summer Meals Program by helping to expand the numbers of District youth up to 18 years old who have access to free, healthy meals during summer. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in 50 park and recreation agencies. More...
For an application to become a summer meal site, contact Angela Holley, Office of Food & Nutrition Services, DPR, (202) 576-7622, firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.C. Summer Meals PSA Wins Award
Bright Screen Productions received a Silver Peer Award, at the ITCA-DC Peer Awards on November 19, 2011, for the D.C. Free Summer Meals PSA. Bright Screen Productions, in collaboration with D.C. Hunger Solutions and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, created this PSA featuring Washington Redskin, London Fletcher, to help inform the Districtís residents about the D.C. Free Summer Meals program. The Peer Awards recognize outstanding films created in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. View the PSA below.
D.C. Hunger Solutions can help by:
- assisting your organization in applying to be a Free Summer Meals site;
- providing training and assistance on how to operate the program;
- helping improve food quality at your sites;
- providing information on conducting a level of excellence analysis for your site.
Help us spread the word:
- Visit the D.C. Free Summer Meals page at the D.C. Superintendent of Education Web site for a listing of summer meal sites.
- Contact us if your organization would be interested in becoming a D.C. Free Summer Meals site, particularly if you are planning to offer a youth program.