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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break – DC Free Summer Meals Program

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Kids and teens (18 and under) eat free through the DC Free Summer Meal Program. The program runs June through August with most sites opening June 22 and closing August 22. Meal times and dates vary by location. You can find sites by texting FOOD to 877877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY between 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Friday.

Program Details:

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free SummerMeals_WebImageSummer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Public or private local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, or municipal government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.

See http://osse.dc.gov/service/dc-free-summer-meals-program for additional information.

Free Sports & Arts Camp at Pillar Church

logo-pillar-church-final-colorAre you looking for something fun and productive for your kids to do once school is out? Pillar Church is hosting two FREE camps in East Capitol Hill this summer!

First, we are excited to provide a Sports Camp that will teach the fundamentals of baseball, basketball, and soccer to children between the ages of 8 and 14, for free!

Second, students between the ages of 6 and 12 can attend a Performing Arts Camp called ‘All the World’s a Stage’, geared towards helping children explore their performing arts talent. They will have an opportunity to participate in drama, music, or dance.

The cost for both camps is FREE, and you can sign your child/children up for both camps if you’d like, as long as they are of the eligible age.  Read the rest of this entry

Free Herb Workshop at Arboretum Youth Garden this Saturday

yarrow02-lWashington Youth Garden is hosting a free herb workshop at the Demo Garden in the US National Arboretum.

Local Herbalist, Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals, will lead us in a mini herb walk and medicine making workshop! We’ll be harvesting elder flowers, peppermint, and yarrow to make a cold and flu remedy. Participants are asked to bring their own jars. Please RSVP.

Washington Youth Garden, US National Arboretum
Herb Making Workshop (free) with Holly Poole-Kavana
Saturday June 13th from 10:30am-12:30pm
Bring your own Jars
RSVP: nmercer@washingtonyouthgarden.org
Directions: http://www.washingtonyouthgarden.org/directions-and-hours/

Cool Off at the Joe Cole Spray Park

DPR kicks off summer this Saturday by opening all outdoor pools and spray parks, including the spray park at the Joe Cole Park. The water will be on from 10am to 7pm on weekends, then daily starting June 22nd.

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

Jimmy Valentine’s 6th Annual Fundraiser for Youth: Thursday, October 3

For the past 5 years, local business Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club has raised funds to support Webb-Wheatley’s after school programs. The funds raised have made it possible to engage our youth in positive and productive activities and projects, like a play adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, a Halloween party with MPD, the creation of a yearbook by and for the students, kites for “high-flying kite day,” fashion and talent shows with prizes, field trips, and a host of other art and craft supplies that create teaching and learning opportunities.

JVLHC Fundraiser 6

This year’s fundraiser will benefit youth activities throughout the community, and it is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 6:00-9:00 pm at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, 1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE. Jimmy V’s will offer 3 free drink tickets to each person donating $20 or more.

We’ll be able to accept cash and checks (and, we hope, credit cards) at the door. Checks can be made payable to Trinidad Neighborhood Association, with “JVLHC Fundraiser 6” in the memo.

For those unable to attend, please consider donating via TNA’s dedicated PayPal link. For those who prefer to donate by credit card in advance of the fundraiser, you can donate via PayPal and bring your receipt to the door:

TNA serves as the fiduciary agent for the fundraiser – by raising funds through TNA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Jimmy Valentine’s and TNA are able to buy and directly donate items as and when needed. This means 100% of the money raised benefits the kids in our neighborhood.

Tots of Trinidad Halloween Parade!

5th Annual Webb-Wheatley After School Fundraiser: September 20

Photo by Jaime S. Fearer

For the past 4 years, local business Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club has raised funds to support Webb-Wheatley’s after school programs. The after school programming serves over 200 students, grades K through 6, and is run by Catrice Simpson.

The funds raised make it possible to engage our youth in positive and productive activities and projects, like a play adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, a Halloween party with MPD, the creation of a yearbook by and for the students, kites for “high-flying kite day,” fashion and talent shows with prizes, field trips, and a host of other art and craft supplies that create teaching and learning opportunities for the kids in Ms. Simpson’s program.

This year’s fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 6:00-9:00 pm at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, 1103 Bladensburg Rd. NE. Jimmy V’s will offer 3 free drink tickets to each person donating $20 or more.

For those unable to attend, please consider donating via TNA’s dedicated PayPal link. For those who prefer to donate by credit card in advance of the fundraiser, you can donate via PayPal and bring your receipt to the door:

(TNA serves as the fiduciary agent for the fundraiser – by raising funds through TNA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Jimmy Valentine’s and TNA are able to buy and directly donate items as and when needed by Ms. Simpson. This means 100% of the money raised goes to the after school programming.)

New group for Trinidad-area parents

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

A Trinidad parents’ group is now up and running on Google groups: Tots of Trinidad DC (“ToT” DC) – it’s meant to be a resource for parents and children in Trinidad and beyond, and all are invited and welcome to participate.

Here’s the group link: http://groups.google.com/group/tots-of-trinidad-dc

Here’s the email address: tots-of-trinidad-dc@googlegroups.com

You can join the group through the link above, or by sending an email to vrunoroberts@gmail.com

Neighborhood Parents & Kids Group: Saturday, August 4

Kidical Mass coming to Joe Cole Spray Park

Joe Cole Splash Park. Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson.

Our friends at Kidical Mass DC host an nearly monthly family-fun bike ride. This month, they’re headed to Joe Cole Recreation Center’s splash park, and we couldn’t be more excited!

We’d also love your help getting the park tidy before they arrive. Please join us at the park at 9:00 am for a quick clean-up. That will give folks time to join the ride at Turkey Thicket (or at another stop as the ride moves east), and a chance to tidy up before it gets too hot out.

From Kidical Mass DC:

Next ride: Saturday, July 21 SPLASHDOWN!

Cool off with us in the splash park at the newly-renovated Joe Cole Recreation Center. Once again, we’ll start out at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Brookland and coast downhill along the Met Branch Trail. After a quick swing through Near Northeast, we’ll bike up to the Rec Center for some noisy, wet fun in their new splash park. Afterward, anyone who’s hungry can join us for lunch at The Argonaut, one of H Street’s most kid-friendly dining establishments.

We’ll have three meetups plus one optional meetup (depending on local interest): one at Turkey Thicket in Brookland, one at Met Branch Trail and R Street NE, and one at the southern terminus of the Met Branch Trail. If anyone from Capitol Hill or Near Northeast would like an additional meetup in their neighborhood, we can also make a slight detour to pick up more friends at the front of J.O. Wilson Elementary School at 6th Street NE and K Street NE.

Be sure to bring swim diapers, sunblock, and anything else your family will need for extended outdoor splashtime.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012

Destination:
Joe Cole Recreation Center and Splash Park, plus optional lunch at The Argonaut

Meetup Times
:

  • Turkey Thicket (east side parking lot, near the basketball courts): 10:30am
  • Met Branch Trail @ R Street NE: 11:00am
  • Met Branch Trail @ M Street NE: 11:15am
  • [optional] J.O. Wilson, 6th & K NE: 11:25am

Distance: 3.8 miles (plus an optional half-mile extension to the Argonaut for lunch)

Difficulty
: Easy-Intermediate. Mainly downhill and on a bike trail. A few short stretches on medium-busy roads.

Route: click here for map

E-mail Megan Odett at kidicalmassdc@gmail.com with questions.

Crossposted at Frozen Tropics

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