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Summer and Afterschool Meals Program

Each year, DPR participates in a Free Food Service Program aimed at serving kids under the age of 18 with highly nutritious meals in across the District in some of the most vital, at-risk areas.. As a primary sponsor for the program, DPR recruits over 130 organizations to join the agency as affiliated locations that serves meals though the agency’s contract. With these partners, DPR serves breakfasts, lunchs, and afternoon snacks each day during the summer.

In 2019, that program will be expanded and revamped in order to increase participation and cover more residents than ever. The strategic plan for driving increased participation in this great program can be found below.

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.  For more information about starting the process to be a provider site (whether new or returning), visit DC Free Summer Meals Program Frequently Asked Questions.

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

Kids' Café

  • Kids' Café
    DPR provides after school supper meals as a part of the Kids' Café program at select DPR locations.

Other Resources

Office of Food and Nutrition Services

Emery Recreation Center
5701 Georgia Ave., NW - 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20011
Main Line: (202) 541-6457
Second Line: (202) 576-7622
Fax: (202) 541-9519

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