Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced the start of the District of Columbia’s Free Summer Meals program. The program runs through August 31, 2008.
"The DC Free Summer Meals program continues to be a successful effort that provides healthy and nutritious food to District of Columbia children. The program is also a great way for children and families to learn about the importance of good nutrition while enjoying the summer months," said State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist.
The DC Free Summer Meals program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months. This is the fifth year that the OSSE’s Nutrition Services department has administered the DC Free Summer Meals program, providing breakfast and lunch to District children and families. The DC Free Summer Meals program is nationally recognized as a USDA child nutrition program.
Last summer, more than one and a half million free meals were served to approximately 30,000 children at 404 sites located throughout the District of Columbia. The sites are located at DC Parks and Recreation centers, schools, housing facilities and community and faith-based organizations.
District of Columbia residents are encouraged to call the Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311 or view the DC Free Summer Meals locations.