The DC public school system (DCPS) is now partnering with Uber to offer families with free transportation to select school summer meal sites.
DCPS announced that students and their families will receive vouchers and the cost of their Uber rides to and from a total of eight meal sites across the city will be covered by the school system through August 27. Families will be informed about how they can access and redeem their free Uber ride vouchers.
“DCPS prioritizes the well-being of our students,” DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said in a release. “By providing free transportation for District families to grab-and-go meal distribution locations, we’re ensuring every child has food on the table and one less obstacle on their way to their academic success.”
Both “grab-and-go” meals and grocery distribution are provided by DCPS Food and Nutrition Services at nearly 40 schools. They are sponsored by Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen, and Capitol Area Food Bank.
The eight meal sites that operate Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm are as follows:
- Cardozo Education Campus | 1200 Clifton Street NW
- Thomson Elementary School | 1200 L Street NW
- Coolidge High School | 6315 5th Street NW
- Langdon Elementary School | 1900 Evarts Street NE
- Kelly Miller Middle School | 301 49th Street NE
- Kimball Elementary School | 3375 Minnesota Avenue SE
- Ballou High School | 3401 4th Street SE
- Turner Elementary School | 3264 Stanton Road SE
Grocery distribution is available at Kelly Miller, Ballou, and Turner on various dates and times this summer. (You can find the grocery distribution schedule here.)
Parents, guardians, and students (aged 18 and older) can sign up to receive vouchers good for up to a $40 round trip from their home to the nearest food distribution site and back. Individuals are limited to six round trip vouchers in total during July and August.
According to DCPS, the meal sites have provided more than 1.5 million meals to students and youth since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
If you have any questions about how to benefit from Uber rides to DCPS summer meal sites, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.