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DC Free Summer Meals Program


Jun 15, 2016

SOURCE: dc.gov

The program operates June through August, with meal times and dates varying by location. The summer meal site location map for 2016 will be updated in June.

Program Details:

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The DC Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

Public or private local education agencies;
Entities of state, local, or municipal government;
Residential camps; and
Private non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.
2016 Summer Food Service Program Rates of Reimbursement

For meals served at rural or self-preparation sites:

Breakfast: $2.1325
Lunch or Supper: $3.7450
Supplement (Snack): $0.8875
For meals served at other types of sites:

Breakfast: $2.0925
Lunch or Supper: $3.6850
Supplement (Snack): $0.8650
If you require this information in an alternative format (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice or TDD).

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education can provide the names of the agencies sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program in the District of Columbia, as well as the name of the person to contact regarding when and where meals are served.

If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact the USDA agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office.


Sponsors and Sites Needed for the 2016 DC Free Summer Meals Program
Application, Supplemental and Program Operation Information
Summer Meals Sponsor Outreach Materials
Training and Events
Find a Summer Meal Site (2016 sites will be updated in June)
USDA Summer Food Service Program Site
DC Hunger Solutions
Related Services:
Division of Health and Wellness
Service Contact:
Division of Health and Wellness
Contact Phone:
(202) 727-1839
Contact TTY:
Contact Suite #:
Fourth Floor
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Service Location:
GIS Address:
810 First Street, NE


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