District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation

09/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2020 14:06

Afterschool Meals Start at Select Recreation Centers

(Washington, DC) - Beginning September 8, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Office of the State Superintendent for Education and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) mark the resumption of the District's Afterschool Meals program available at 10 designated recreation centers. These sites serve free and nutritious grab-and-go style meals weekdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

'Given the prolonged and ongoing impact of the public health emergency on our community, we are making every possible effort to ensure that residents have what they need,' said DPR Director Delano Hunter. 'DPR has not sponsored the Afterschool Meals program since 2007, but we are in uncharted territory. As a complement to other city-wide sites, providing additional resources to support food security in such a difficult time for many residents is critically important,' said DPR Director Delano Hunter.

School is in session in the District of Columbia. While most of the District's students are engaging in school virtually, the Bowser administration wants to ensure that children have options and access to wholesome meals. There are no applications, income requirements or ID required for youth 18 and under visiting a DPR Afterschool Meal site.

A full list of available food resources in the District can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov/food.

Afterschool Meal sites include:

Arthur Capper Recreation Center 1000 5th St SE

Barry Farm Recreation Center 1230 Sumner Rd. SE

Deanwood Recreation Center 1350 49th St NE

Edgewood Recreation Center 300 Evarts St NE

Emery Heights Community Center 5701 Georgia Ave NW

Fort Stanton Recreation Center 1812 Erie St SE

Raymond Recreation Center 3725 10th Street NW

Ridge Road Recreation Center 830 Ridge Rd SE

Therapeutic Recreation Center 3030 G St SE

Trinidad Recreation Center 1310 Childress St NE

The program will expand to additional sites in the coming weeks. For more information and updates visit DPR.DC.gov.

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