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DC Free Summer Meals Program

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Program Details

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available to all students, and due to families' limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The Summer Food Service Program was established to fill this hunger gap and ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Since 2012, more than 5.9 million summer meals have been served through the DC Free Summer Meals Program to children and youth in the District of Columbia. Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Public and private local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, and municipal government;
  • Public and private non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status; and
  • Non-profit residential and non-residential camps

2018 Summer Food Service Program Rates of Reimbursement

Reimbursement rate for meals served at rural/self-preparation sites:

  • Breakfast: $2.2325
  • Lunch or Supper: $3.9225
  • Supplement (snack): $0.9300

Reimbursement rate for meals served at urban/vended sites:

  • Breakfast: $2.1900
  • Lunch or Supper: $3.8575
  • Supplement (snack): $0.9100

If you require this information in an alternative format (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice or TDD).

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) can provide the names of the agencies sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program in the District of Columbia, as well as the name of the person to contact regarding when and where meals are served.

If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact the USDA agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office.


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