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District of Columbia Opens Food Distribution Centers to Address Emergency Need

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
City officials activate comprehensive food plan for residents

Robyn Johnson
Cell:  (202) 506-0355
Email: [email protected]

(Washington, DC)  With over 40,000 residents across the District of Columbia still without power since the June 29 derecho (the meteorological term for a long-lived severe thunderstorm event characterized by destructive straight-line winds), Mayor Vincent C. Gray has authorized the opening of food distribution centers to help assist individuals currently without the means to cook meals at home.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently providing food for the youth that attend their program.  In addition, the District Government will set up six food distribution sites to provide boxed lunches on Tuesday July 3, and will operate during the hours of 11 am to 9 pm. 

DPR Food distribution site locations:

  • Guy Mason Recreation Center 
    3600 Calvert Street, NW 
  • Emery Recreation Center
    5801 Georgia Avenue, NW 
  • Takoma Recreation Center 
    300 Van Buren Street, NW 
  • Langdon Recreation Center 
    2901 20th Street, NE 
  • Deanwood Recreation Center 
    1350 49th Street, NW 
  • Southeast Tennis and Learning Center 
    701 Mississippi Avenue, SE 

In addition, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has posted a listing of citywide Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) sites open to serve up to tow meals a day to District infants and children up to age 18 or with disabilities.  For more information, visit OSSE.