How can a site start participating in the Summer Food Program?
(pdf, unless otherwise noted)
English "nearest site"
Spanish "nearest site"
Saturday Summer Meals Sites
Saturday Summer Meals Sites (Spanish)
Do and Don't Information for Summer Meal Site Coordinators
For generic summer meals flyers in multiple languages, visit the OSSE website.
Sites that wish to procure and serve food on their own should contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) at (202) 724-7628. If your site needs a sponsor to deliver free food and handle financial obligations, contact one of the sponsors below.
Organizations can participate in the DC Free Summer Meals Program by:
1) Enrolling in the program as a sponsor:
To apply, contact:
Elisabeth Sweeting at OSSE
Fax: (202) 724-7656
2) Working with a sponsor to arrange for meals to be delivered to summer program sites and handle the majority of the program administration.
Sites must track the meals delivered and served.
Follow this link to additional information (pdf).
Act now to contact a sponsor who can help your organization become a summer site.
Mark McCain - Chief Program Manager
Emery Recreation Center
5701 Georgia Avenue, NW, Room 206
Washington, DC 20001
Angela Bates, Office of Food & Nutrition Services, DPR
Phone: (202) 576-7622
D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK)
Crystal Nicholas, Partnership Program Manager
Phone 202 234 0707 x 127
The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB)
Phone: 202.644.9861 ext. 861
How can my child get free summer meals and snacks in D.C.?
Find a site serving free summer meals. Children 18 and younger can show up at these sites to eat for free.
See the Summer Food Program section in How to Get Food in the District of Columbia. The section includes: what the summer meal program is, how a child can participate, how to find sites in the city that serve free summer meals to children.
D.C. Summer Food Participation Data
- Since 2003, the Districtís Free Summer Meals Program has ranked number one in the nation for reaching the largest percentage of eligible children, compared to other states.
- In the summer of 2015, The D.C. Free Summer Summer Meals Program served more than 947,000 meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia.
More Summer Food Resources
Visit the Department of Parks and Recreations web site on how to apply to be a DC Free Summer Meals Program site.
Visit the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Wellness and Nutrition Services Web site section on the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program.
Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site section on the Summer Food Program.
Visit the Food Research and Action Center's Afterschool Resource Center for advocacy information on the Summer Food Program.