Free Summer Meals at DC Public Library
Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:31pm
Woodridge Neighborhood Library is participating in the Free Summer Meals Program. The Summer Food Meal 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 in 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, Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Mt. Pleasant, Petworth, Southwest, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue and Woodridge are the DC Public Libraries that will offer the FSM program in 2013.
When does the Free Summer Meal program begin at DC Public Library?
FSM program will start Monday, July 8 and end on Friday, Aug. 16, Mondays through Friday only. Meals are served from 1 pm to 2:30 p.m. Contact Yvette Davis, DC Public Library FSM Coordinator, if you have additional questions about the logistics of the program.
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 get 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.