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DC Free Summer Meals Program

DC Free Summer Meals Program

The program runs June through August with most sites opening June 22 and closing August 22. Meal times and dates vary by location. 

Program Details:

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families' limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Public or private local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, or municipal government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.

2015 Summer Food Service Program Rates of Reimbursement

For meals served at rural or self-preparation sites:

Breakfast: $2.0775
Lunch or Supper: $3.6450
Supplement (Snack): $0.8650

For meals served at other types of sites:

Breakfast: $2.0375
Lunch or Supper: $3.5875
Supplement (Snack): $0.8450

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education can provide the names of the agencies sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program in the District of Columbia, as well as the name of the person to contact regarding when and where meals are served. .

If you require this information in an alternative format (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice or TDD).

If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact the USDA agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office. 


Service Contact: 
Wellness and Nutrition
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-1839
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
4th Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Service Location: 

810 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
810 First Street, NE