(All publications are in pdf format, unless otherwise noted.)
SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Fact and Tip
D.C. Food Guides
School Breakfast: Start the Day Ready to Learn
What’s inside: tips on how administrators, principals, teachers, and food and nutrition services staff can help increase breakfast participation and meet the requirements of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.
How to Get Food in the District of Columbia – Food and Nutrition Resource Guide for Older Adults (pdf)
What’s inside: Information for D.C. residents age 60 or older on how to sign up for federal and local food programs (SNAP/Food Stamps, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Home-Delivered Meals, etc.). Features how to apply, where to apply, documents needed to apply, and other D.C.-specific resources.
I Am Healthy, I Am Happy Wellness Guide (2012)
What’s inside: information intended to help D.C. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) centers and homes enhance their wellness environments by promoting best practices in nutrition, physical activity and staff and parental engagement.
How to apply for SNAP/Food Stamps in the District of Columbia (2013)
What's inside: The food stamp facts you need in order to apply quickly and easily.
How to Get Food in The District of Columbia - Food and Nutrition Resource Guide
What’s inside: Information for anyone in D.C. on how to sign up for federal food programs (Food Stamps, WIC, etc.). Features how to apply, where to apply, documents needed to apply, and other D.C.-specific resources.
Guide to Running the Afterschool Meal (Supper) Program in the District of Columbia (2012)
What’s inside: This guide is intended to help D.C. community-based afterschool programs participate in the Afterschool Meal Program by explaining program benefits, eligibility requirements and providing sample forms to adapt and use.
Help Seniors Get Enough to Eat: Invest in Increasing the Minimum SNAP Benefit (January 2014)
D.C. Hunger Solutions, supported by the Senior Advisory Coalition and the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition, is proposing to increase the minimum SNAP benefit to $30 by allocating around $1.3 million in local funds to supplement the benefit amount for those receiving less than $30.
Strategies for the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to Promote Healthy Eating and Nutrition (June 2011) Executive Summary
D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) centers provide a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity at recreation facilities, fields, classes, and playground spaces throughout the city. In order to better address the District’s alarming rates of obesity and public health, DPR should expand its activities to promote both active living and healthy eating. This issue brief examines what DPR centers are doing now to meet hunger and nutrition needs and how DPR centers can do even more to promote healthful eating and nutrition.
Know Your Food Policies
Fact sheets on D.C. food policies (pdf files).
- Grocery Retail
- School Meals: Healthy Vending
- School Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, and Afterschool Meals
- Farm to School
- Farmers' Markets
- Federal Programs: SNAP — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Federal Programs: WIC—Women, Infants, and Children
Healthy Snacking at the Corner Store curriculum (August 2009)
OSSE Nutrition Standards for CACFP Flyers:
- Choose Low Sugar Cereals English | Spanish
- Milk English | Spanish
- Healthy Cooking English | Spanish
- Limit Fried and Pre-Fried Meats and Vegetables English | Spanish
- Together, we can PREVENT overweight & obesity English | Spanish
OSSE Parent Postcards:
Library Participation in the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program
What's inside: Summary of the success libraries experience in the program and suggestions for how DC Public Libraries can enhance their role in the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program.
Making Breakfast Work in D.C.
What's inside: School breakfast participation trends for four consecutive school years before and after passage of the HSA at 72 out of 113 D.C. Public Schools.
School Breakfast Participation Rates SY 14-15 (pdf files):
Missed Meals, Missed Opportunities: An Analysis of the DC Free Summer Meals Program from 2007-2012
What's inside: Analysis of data specific to the District from the annual “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” report released by the Food Research and Action Center.
Summer 2012 Evaluation of D.C. Free Summer Meals Sites Sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation
What's inside: Survey findings on food quality, program operations, summer programming outreach activities, and importance of the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program.
Successes, Key Strategies and Recommendations - The D.C. Public School Experience in Rolling Out the Afterschool Meal Program at 100 Schools
What's inside: D.C. Afterschool Meal Program participation rates, logistics, successes, winning strategies, and recommendations.
Summer 2011 Evaluation of Sites Sponsored by D.C. Department of Parks and Recreations: Successes and Recommendations (October 2011)
What's inside: Report on D.C. Hunger Solutions' 2011 evaluation of summer food sites sponsored by D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation – the city’s largest summer food sponsor.
Breakfast in the Classroom in D.C. Public Schools - 2010-2011 Successes and Recommendation (August 2011)
What's inside: School year 2010–2011 Breakfast in the Classroom participation data (reporting that an additional 4,396 students received breakfast each day because of Breakfast in the Classroom), Breakfast in the Classroom survey results, school year 2010–2011 Breakfast in the Classroom Successes, school year 2010–2011 challenges and recommendations.
Environmental Scan of Nutrition Practices in Child Development Centers in the District of Columbia and Opportunities to Promote Wellness (Issued August 2010 by D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) with funding from Altarum Institute)
What's inside: nutrition-related findings of an assessment conducted at 25 child development centers in August and September of 2009.
A companion report, issued by Atarum, provides an Environmental Scan of Physical Activity Practices and Resources in Washington, DC Child Care Centers. This report details the methods and findings of an Altarum-led environmental assessment of District of Columbia child care centers. The Altarum-led analyses focus on factors thought to be (1) most influential in determining children’s activity levels in child care settings and (2) potentially modifiable through policy or practice changes.
When Healthy Food is Out of Reach (2010)
What's inside: an in-depth assessment of access – or lack of access – to full-service grocery stores in the District (with a newly-updated version of Map 4 inside).
Successfully Selling Fresh Produce in Washington, D.C. Corner Stores (2009)
What’s inside: Case studies of the Healthy Corner Store Program’s fresh produce distribution pilots.
D.C. Public Schools Local Wellness Policy - Progress To Date and Moving Forward (April 2009);
What's inside: D.C. Public Schools' (DCPS) major accomplishments in implementing the Local Wellness Policy (LWP) and an outline of next steps.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Comes to D.C.! (January 2009)
What's inside: In school year 2008-2009, D.C. public schools received federal funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This program provides funding for District schools to serve fresh produce to their students. It is available for a limited number of elementary schools that serve a high number of low-income students. Most of the information in this FAQ is relevant for charter schools.
Creating Healthy Corner Stores in the District of Columbia: Healthy Corner Store Program - Phase One Research Results and Recommendations (November 2008)
What’s inside: A summary of the challenges involved in creating healthy corner stores in the District’s food deserts and recommended solutions to those challenges.
Summary of the 2008 Farm Bill: What does it mean for Washington, D.C.? (October 2008)
What's inside: Title IV - the nutrition title - of the Farm Bill includes changes to food stamps, TEFAP, EBT card use at farmers' markets, and creates the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Find out more about these changes and what they mean for D.C. in this fact sheet from the Food Research and Action Center.
D.C. Hunger Solutions Five Year Anniversary Report (April 2008)
What’s inside: A review of the hunger and nutrition milestones, projects, goals and achievements for the five years since the Food Research and Action Center first launched D.C. Hunger Solutions.
Food Stamps Accepted Here: Attracting Low-Income Consumers to Farmers’ Markets (August 2007)
What’s inside: A report on D.C. Hunger Solutions’ pilot project with the H Street Freshfarm Market. Includes six recommendations and implementation strategies to improve the Market’s capacity to serve low-income consumers. Features recommendations for encouraging low-income consumers to purchase fresh produce and other products at the Market.
Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Assessment and Scorecard of Community Food Security in the District of Columbia for the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition (July 2006)
What’s inside: An examination of access to food and nutrition resources in the District and recommended policies for nonprofit organizations, business, government, and individuals working to ensure food security for all District residents.
Picking Up the Pieces: What went wrong in the District of Columbia’s Summer Food Service Program in 2002, and how to rebuild in 2003
What’s inside: A description, with statistics, of the federal summer nutrition program. Includes analysis of 2002 participation in the D.C. summer nutrition program and recommendations to improve participation in 2003.