Appearing in The Washington Post on July 14, 2006

FREE LUNCH PROGRAM

City Rates at the Top for Participation

Friday, July 14, 2006
District Briefing Page B04

The District had a better participation rate for its free summer meals program last year than any of the 50 states, city officials said yesterday, citing a report by the Food Research and Action Center.

The report found that, on average across the country, 18 children received a free lunch during the summer for every 100 who received a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year. In contrast, the ratio in the District last summer was 77 per 100.

The study also said that the District's summer meals program fed 27,575 low-income children daily in July 2005.