DC Youth Meals Program (Free Summer Meals)

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Free meals are available for children aged 1 to 18 years old at the FRESHFARM Columbia Heights Farmers Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer months. Free meals are also available for children aged 5 to 18 years old at the FRESHFARM farm stands—Minnesota Ave (Thursdays); Cesar Chavez (Saturdays); Kenilworth Rec Center (Saturdays); and Anacostia Community Museum (Saturdays)—during the summer months. More information about dates, times, and addresses of participating sites is available on the Free Summer Meals website. This includes information on how to participate in the program and where to pick up free meals.

When school lets out for the summer, children across the region are at higher risk of experiencing food insecurity, having lost access to meals and snacks provided by their educational institution. FRESHFARM and our partners seek to bridge that gap through the Free Summer Meals program.

FRESHFARM’s Free Summer Meals program is offered in partnership with local meal providers — CentroNía and DC Central Kitchen — across the District to provide free meals to children aged 18 years old and younger when school is out for summer break.

Grant-funded by the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Summer Meals is operated by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Community members may also know it as the DC Youth Meals Program or Free Summer Meals.

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