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DC Free Summer Meals Program

Program Details:

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

The U.S. 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 served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia during the summer of 2012. Sponsoring organizations included:

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

2014 Summer Food Service Program Rates of Reimbursement

For meals served at rural or self-preparation sites:

Breakfast: $2.0225
Lunch or Supper: $3.5450
Supplement (Snack): $0.8400

For meals served at other types of sites:

Breakfast: $1.9850
Lunch or Supper: $3.4875
Supplement (Snack): $0.8225

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. You may also go to the Find a DC Free Summer Meals Site.

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. 


2014 Application and Supplemental Information

Sponsors and Sites Needed for the 2014 DC Free Summer Meals Program

Training and Events

Find a Summer Feeding Site

DC Hunger Solutions

Summer Meals Flier for your building

USDA Summer Food Service Program Site

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