3700 Oakview Terrace NE, Washington DC
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Summer Food Service Program participants will kick-off the District’s Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, an FSMP site. Both Under Secretary Concannon and Mayor Gray will respectively read a proclamation and invite children across the country and the District of Columbia to take advantage of the program.
National Summer Food Service Program week is a national push to promote USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and other initiatives across the country to feed more low-income children when school is out. These federally-funded programs are designed to alleviate hunger during the summer months and operate through partnerships between USDA, state agencies and local organizations.
The District of Columbia continues to be ranked first in the nation for free summer meals and snacks to children for the eighth consecutive year, and served 1,175,000 (1.175M) free meals to children in the summer of 2012.
Last year, USDA's summer feeding programs provided 161 million meals, feeding approximately 3.5 million children on a typical summer day. In order to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer, USDA and its partners are redoubling their efforts to reach more eligible low-income children.
Find out more about the Free Summer Meals Program here.