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DC Free Summer Meals Program

As you know all too well, poverty, hunger, and food insecurity have devastating impacts on child health. Children who experience hunger are more likely to be in poor health, with higher rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other nutrition related diseases. When school lets out for summer, nearly 56,000 District children lose access to the school breakfast and lunches they rely on during the year to keep hunger at bay.

Fortunately, the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program continues to provide free nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children, ages 18 and under, during  July and August. Meals and snacks are served at over 300 sites across the city including recreation centers, libraries, schools, churches, and community-based organizations. The D.C. Free Summer Meals Program has been ranked the number one summer food program in the country for eight consecutive years.

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