D.C. Food Project, a local non-profit that aims to reduce food waste in the District’s schools, is providing residents with critical information on food and resources access points in the area for kids during the school closure due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The group has been collecting information for families who are impacted by the ongoing school closures in order to help at-risk children.
“With school closures throughout the region, we know missing school can mean more than lost instructional time; it can also deprive children of critically needed nutrition,” the group said in a statement.
“In this country, more than two-thirds of the 31 million students who regularly eat school lunch are economically dependent upon the meal, and low-income kids similarly constitute the majority of the 14.6 million who eat school breakfast and the 1.3 million who receive an after-school supper.”
The team has been cooperating with D.C. Public School’s Food and Nutrition Services that recently issued the DCPS emergency food access plan, as well as other local organizations in the D.C. area.
D.C. Food Project shares all the information they have been gathering on this page and regularly updates it. It includes the names of the schools, where the DCPS keeps open to serve free meals on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from March 16 through March 31.
You can email the Food Project team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on food and resources access points in the DC-area.
“D.C. Food Project aims to reduce food waste in D.C. schools while improving access to healthy food for students during the school week and throughout the weekend. Our organization fills the gaps between schools’ free and reduced breakfast lunch programs by making healthy food more accessible to D.C. students during the day and when the school week ends,” the group’s website says.