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Free, Nutritious Meals For Dc Kids This Summer

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On Monday, June 20, Mayor Anthony A. Williams, federal representatives and anti-hunger advocates spoke at an event highlighting the free meals available during the summer for District young people. "Hunger is one of our oldest enemies," said Mayor Williams. "And together, as a community, we are fighting it. Together, we are helping to reverse the devastating consequences of poor nutrition in the District so that our children do not wake up or go to sleep hungry."

 

More than 25,000 children were fed in the federally-funded DC Free Summer Meals Program during 2004, a 20 percent increase over 2003. According to the Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC ranks number one in the nation in feeding children in free and reduced meal eligible households. The same report shows that DC also ranks number one in the ratio of children served in the program per 100 in the National School Lunch Program. In other words, for every 100 children in the regular school year National School Lunch Program, DC served 61 of them during the Free Summer Meals Program last year.

 

The DC Free Summer Meals Program serves young people ages 18 and younger nutritional, good food, free of charge from June 22 through August 31, 2005. For more information, and for the location of summer meals sites, call (202) 463-6211 or visit the Summer Youth website.

 

Children from Bruce Monroe Elementary School sampled a free summer meal at the event today.

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