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Featured Programs

DC Free Summer Meals ProgramDC Free Summer Meals Program: Children and youth up to age 18 may access free nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months at government and nonprofit organizations throughout the District of Columbia. Meals are part of the District’s award-winning DC Free Summer Meals Program. Search sites by ward or address in a downloadable list; go to the bottom of the page.

Great news! The Department of Parks and Recreation and DC Public Library have added Saturdays to the lineup of free lunches during the summer. Starting July 27, DPR and DCPL will open the following sites:

  • Wards 1 & 2: Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard St NW)
  • Ward 4: Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman St NE)
  • Ward 5: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave NE); Woodridge Library (1801 Hamlin St NE)
  • Ward 6: King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St SW); Southwest Library (900 Wesley Pl SW)
  • Ward 7: Ft. Davis Community Center (1400 41st St SE); Dorothy Heights/Benning Library (3935 Benning Rd NE)
  • Ward 8: Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet St SW); Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE)

Find free summer meal location and other information in Maryland and Virginia by visiting WhyHunger. You'll find free summer meal program and other valuable program information!


March on Washington: On August 24, people from across the United States, and likely ex pats around the world, will celebrate and honor the 1963 March on Washington. The 50th anniversary of this epic event is an opportunity to talk with the children and youth in your family about the event and what it means to people today.

We've gathered a list of resources you can use to help explain the monumental nature of the 1963 March on Washington to the children and youth in your life.


Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment Program: As part of the  Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), District youth ages 14-21 participate in  enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors.


DPR Summer ProgramsSummer at the Department of Parks and Recreation: DPR's summer plans are filled with sun, fun, learning, challenges and much more! All the details are in the 2013 Spring and Summer Program Guide.



DC Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program: Young people will have the opportunity to read, talk about what they’ve read with others, and attend teen-specific events this summer.


Beat the Streets: This community outreach event serves as a traveling Community Festival and is a partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department, local social service agencies and community vendors.  In a 3 to 5-hour block of time, community members (of all ages) enjoy musical performances from local marching bands and the MPD Police Band “Cops Come Knockin,” as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature distributed by local social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun.