DC Free Summer Meals
Hunger doesn’t take a summer break. When school is out, thousands of kids who rely on school breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the bulk of their daily calories are at a heightened risk for food insecurity.
As a natural gathering space for families, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market became the first farmers market in the city to offer Free Summer Meals. Since 2015, Community Foodworks has provided thousands nutritious suppers for children throughout the ten weeks of summer. These meals are prepared by school food leader, CentroNia, and often include local produce that are sourced right from the market.
This program exemplifies the collaborative impact that Community Foodworks’ believes our markets make possible. Families who find the market unlock new opportunities to extend their food dollars through CFW range of incentive programs. They also see their children enjoying healthy, local food right on site. Farmers enjoy increased earnings thanks to purchases for these meal, while the neighborhood enjoys a vibrant, healthy public space.