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DC Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP)

DC Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (DC FSMP), provides free, nutritious meals served to children 18 years of age and younger in low income areas (i.e. areas in which 50% or more children/households receive free and reduced price meals during the school year).

These meals help children in low-income areas receive the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.  The meals served as part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budget, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills the 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.

Per an agreement with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), during the summer months, DPR's Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) administers assumes operational oversight for the site locations that participate under DPR's sponsorship agreement for the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), under the USDA's National Summer Food Service Program.  Meals (breakfast and/or lunch) are served during June, July and August to youth residents, ages 18 and under, of the District of Columbia at a variety of locations including participating schools, recreation centers, DC Public Libraries, select DC Housing Authority locations, day care centers, faith-based organization and community based after-school programs. 

DC Free Summer Meals Program Locations: 


Interested in Becoming a Provider Site


DC's Provider sites distribute/provide free summer meals to our youth in the District.  Provider sites include DPR, DC Public Libraries, churches, various school locations, various Boys and Girls clubs, youth centers and more.  If you are interested in learning more information about DC FSMP 2017 Dates  or starting the process to be a provider site (whether new or returning), please visit our Provider Site page, where you will find information and forms for the following:

- To become a New Participating Site
- For Returning Participating Sites
- Program Monitor forms and documents
- Site forms and document.

To learn about citywide summer activities for youth #SummerStrongDC, please visit Mayor Bowser's Summer Strong DC . #Meals4DCKids  #SummerMealsDC 

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Office of Food and Nutrition Services

Emery Recreation Center
5701 Georgia Ave., NW - 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: (202) 576-7622
Fax: (202) 541-9519

Office hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm  ||  Closed: Saturday & Sunday