DC Free Summer Meals Program
Have you heard the news from Mayor Vincent C. Gray? Starting July 19, the DC Free Summer Meals Program is expanding and some libraries and recreation centers will be serving lunch on Saturdays!
Children and youth 18 and younger may eat for free during the summer months at government and nonprofit organizations throughout the District of Columbia. To find a site, use the searchable map prepared by partner DC Hunger Solutions; the map is below.
- Additions are made to the list and map throughout the summer, so check back often. The menu for DPR sites and those sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation is below; the menu may change without any notification. Saturday menus are the same as the preceeding Friday.
- All the sites mapped and on the list are open.
- Flyers are available in Amharic, English, French, Korean, SimChi, Spanish and Vietnamese. The flyers are below.
Another way to learn what will be served on a given day is to follow One City Youth on Twitter: @OneCityYouth.
Interested in becoming a feeding site? Contact Elisabeth Sweeting, Program Specialist at OSSE. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her cell phone is (202) 368-3009. Materials about the process of joining the DC Free Summer Meals Program is on OSSE's DC Free Summer Meals Program page.
Summer at the Department of Parks and Recreation
DPR's summer plans are filled with sun, fun, learning, challenges and much more! All the details are on the website in the Activities and Programs section.
DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs
Young people will have the opportunity to read, talk about what they’ve read with others, and attend age-specific events this summer.
Read With Me is program for the youngest children, those birth to age five, and their parent or caregiver. It's never too early to foster a love of reading in your child. Visit your neighborhood library to sign up.
Fizz, Boom, Read is for children 6 to 12 years old. Kids will win prizes for reading and can get started by visiting their neighborhood library to sign up.
Spark a Reaction is the program just for teens. The program is for young people ages 13-19 and runs from June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. The program involves reading, earning badges, creating STEM or art projects and much more fun!
Literary Elements is the program for adults so they aren't left out of all the reading fun. Adults can win prizes for reading and learning new skills. Sign up online or at any library.
MPD's Beat the Streets
These community-based festivals bring community members of all ages together to enjoy musical performances from local marching bands and the MPD Police Band “Cops Come Knockin,” as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature about programs operated by social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun. Dates and locations of upcoming Beat the Streets events are:
- NEW! Monday, July 7, 2 - 7:30 pm, 1200 I Street, SE (Potomac Gardens) (First District)
- Wednesday, July 9, 2 - 7:30 pm, 2500 14th Street, NE (Fifth District)
- Wednesday, July 23, 2 - 7:30 pm, 1300 Girard Street, NW (Third District)
- NEW! Friday, July 25, 2 - 7:30 pm, 1200 Allison Street, NW (Fourth District)
- Wednesday, August 6, 5:30 - 7 pm, 4th and Atlantic Streets, SE (school supply giveaway)
- Wednesday, August 20, 5:30 - 7 pm, 4th and Atlantic Streets, SE (school supply giveaway)
- Thursday, September 25, time and location TBA (coat giveaway)
All events are free and open to the public.