Free Summer Meals at DC Public Library

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Free Meals Served Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

DC Public Library is participating in the Free Summer Meals Program. The Free Summer Meals Program (FSM) is a federally funded program which enables state and local governments to establish feeding sites that offer free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in particularly low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

What libraries are offering the FSM?

Anacostia, Capitol View, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Francis A. Gregory, Lamond-Riggs, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Mt. Pleasant, Petworth, Southwest, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue are the DC Public Libraries that will offer the FSM program in 2014.
When does the Free Summer Meal program begin at DC Public Library?

FSM program will start Monday, July 7 and end on Friday, Aug. 15, Mondays through Friday only. Meals are served from 1 pm to 2:30 p.m. Contact Stacey Lucas, DC Public Library FSM Coordinator, if you have additional questions about the logistics of the program. Saturday meals are also available at select locations:

July 19, August 2, and August 16
Anacostia Library
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library
William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library

July 26, August 9, and August 16
Anacostia Library
Capitol View Library 
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

How does the program operate?

The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers SFSP at the Federal level. State education agencies administer the program in most states. In D.C., the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) runs the program by an approved sponsor, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Sponsors provide and deliver free meals to children, 18 and under at approved sites, such as a school, recreation center, local government agencies, camps, or private nonprofit organizations.

Who is eligible to receive meals?

Children 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks through FSM. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.