DC Food Project EMERGENCY FOOD ACCESS for Covid 19
Tue, Mar 17 4:40pm

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. 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.*

So what will happen to at-risk children as this school-based social safety net falls prey to the growing pandemic?

Our team has compiled information for families who are impacted by these closures as it relates to accessing food and other resources during this time.

We have been working with D.C. Public School’s Food and Nutrition Services who released the DCPS emergency food access plan. We have also been talking with local organizations throughout the Greater Washington Area to aggregate the most up to date information for families to know where to go for food pick-up amongst and other necessities.

Below we have also included resources on HOW TO HELP for those who are able.  Many of you have asked how YOU can help, whether it be to deliver food, drop-off food or to provide donations — we thank you all in advance for helping our community.

If you are a school administrator, teacher, parent or someone who knows a family who may need help accessing food during this time, please forward them this information.

We are continuously updating this page. Please email our team at dcfoodproject@gmail.com if you have further information on food and resources access points in the DC-area.

With our thanks to all who are helping those who need it most during this difficult time,

DC Food Project Team


  • Monday, March 16 — Teachers and staff will report to school to plan for distance learning. No school for students.

  • Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 23 — DCPS will take its Spring Break for students and teachers. There will no longer be a Spring Break period in April.

  • Tuesday, March 24 to Tuesday, March 31— Students will participate in distance learning.

  • Wednesday, April 1 — Schools will resume operations.



DCPS will open several schools to serve FREE meals on weekdays, beginning Monday, March 16—Tuesday, March 31 from 10 am – 2 pm. ALL DC youth (including those not registered at DCPS) that are not quarantined are welcome. This Emergency meal service will be using a “grab and go” model. Participants may not consume meals inside; this is a take-home service only. Please be advised that this is an evolving list.

Please note that DCPS Meal Site Operations are in need of volunteers! Please complete their short survey and someone from their team will contact you.

  • Ward 1

    • Banneker High School, 800 Euclid St NW, Ward 1

    • Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton St NW, Ward 1

    • Columbia Heights ED Campus, 3101 16th Street NW, Ward 1

  • Ward 4

    • Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St NW, Ward 4

  • Ward 5

    • Brookland Middle School, 1150 Michigan Ave NE, Ward 5

    • LaSalle Backus ED Campus, 501 Riggs Rd NE, Ward 5

    • McKinley Ed Campus, 151 T St NE, Ward 5

  • Ward 6

    • Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St NW, Ward 6

    • Jefferson Middle School, 801 7th ST SW, Ward 6

    • Walker Jones ED Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW, Ward 6

  • Ward 7

    • Kelly Miller Middle School, 301 49th St NE, Ward 7

    • Kimball Elementary School, 3375 Minnesota Ave. SE, Ward 7

    • Woodson High School, 540 55th St NE, Ward 7

  • Ward 8

    • Anacostia High School, 1601 16th St SE, Ward 8

    • Ballou High School, 3401 4th St SE, Ward 8

    • Stanton Elementary School, 2701 Naylor Rd, Ward 8


FREE DC PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL MEAL SITES: DC Public Charter School Meal Sites (locations and times) listed below, including hours meals will be served.

  • Ward 4

    • Paul PCS, 5800 8th Street NW — 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. M-F

    • Capital City PCS, 100 Peabody Street, NW — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. M-F5

  • Ward 5

    • Friendship Armstrong PCS, 1400 First Street, NW — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Friendship Woodridge International PCS, 2959 Carlton Avenue, NE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS, 1404 Jackson Street NE — 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. M-F

    • KIPP College Prep, 1405 Brentwood Parkway, NE - See kippdc.org/meals

  • Ward 6

    • Howard University Middle School of Math and Science PCS, Outside of Shaw Metro Station — 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. M-F

    • Friendship Chamberlain PCS, 1345 Potomac Avenue, SE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Kingsman Academy PCS, 1375 E Street, SE — Beginning March 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. M-F

  • Ward 7

    • Friendship Blow-Pierce PCS, 725 19th Street, NE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Friendship Collegiate PCS, 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • KIPP Smilow Facility (Arts & Tech, Quest, Valor), 5300 Blaine Street, NE — See kippdc.org/meals

    • Rocketship Legacy Prep PCS, 4250 Massachusetts Avenue, SE — 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

    • IDEA PCS, 1027 45th Street NE — 8 a.m.-9 a.m. for Breakfast and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch

  • Ward 8

    • Friendship Southeast PCS, 645 Milwaukee Place, SE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Friendship Technology Prep PCS, 2705 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. M-F

    • Ingenuity Prep PCS, 4600 Livingston Road, SE — 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F

    • KIPP Somerset PCS, 3301 Wheeler Road, SE — See kippdc.org/meals

    • KIPP Douglass Facility (Discover, Heights, AIM), 2600 Douglass Road, SE — See kippdc.org/meals

    • National Collegiate Prep, 4600 Livingston Road SE — 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 16 & March 24 - 31

    • Rocketship Rise PCS, 2335 Raynolds Place, SE — 11am - 1pm

    • Early Childhood Academy PCS, 885 Barnaby Street, SE — Noon to 1pm M-F

    • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE — 10am - 1pm Bkfast & Lunch

    • Howard University Middle School of Math and Science PCS, Outside of Anacostia Metro Station — Noon to 1pm M-F

    • Eagle Academy PCS, 3400 Wheeler Road, SE — 11am - 1pm M-F



  • & Pizza- Starting March 16th providing FREE pizza to hospital workers (valid id required). Text them at 200-03 #Hero to obtain unique code.

  • Arcadia Foods - Mobile market, pre-orders and FREE meals at each pick up site for youths affected by school closing.

  • Aunt Bertha - Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help by zip code. (Shelters, Food Services and more)

  • Capital Area Food Bank- Updated information continues to be added to their site notifying families where food will be distributed.

  • DC Central Kitchen - Serving takeaway food at Walker-Jones Education Campus (Ward 6) and Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7) Mon-Fri 10am-2pm. Will launch mobile feeding locations to serve to go breakfast and lunch.

  • DC Department of Aging and Community Living - All DACL-funded Senior Wellness Centers & community dining sites will be temporarily closed from March 16-March 31. Meals will be available for pick-up at each site between 10 am-2 pm for current participants. Adult Day Health Centers will be open. Call 202-724-5626 for info.

  • FRESHFARM - Markets are remaining open in select locations

  • Good Stuff Eatery (Capitol Hill, Crystal City and Georgetown)- Kids eat FREE while schools are closed

  • Hook Hall - Family meals, care kits, homework HQ and more

  • Jose Andres - Think Food Group Restaurants - Operating community kitchens in select locations, beginning March 17th daily from 12-5pm for take out service only at their side doors. View link for all restaurants in the DC Metro Area.

  • Little Miner Taco (Rhode Island Ave)- Kids eat FREE from the kids menu during school closures in DCPS and MD (one meal per student per day)

  • Little Sesame - In partnership with Dream Out Loud, they will provide meals to vulnerable communities. Buy a gift card give a meal. Distribution begins March 16th at Kelly Miller Middle School 301 49th St NE, Weekdays 4-6pm

  • Martha’s Table -

    • In partnership with DC Health and Capital Area Food Bank, they will support DCPS and DCPCS to ensure bags of groceries (fruits, veggies, pantry items) are available at designated food access sites. Details to come.

    • They will continue to offer pre-bagged groceries for neighbors at their SE and NW DC locations: The Commons (2375 Elvans Rd. SE) and The Maycroft (1401 Columbia Rd. NW)

    • They will continue to serve pre-packaged meals through McKenna’s Wagon - a mobile food service that delivers hot meals to two downtown locations to support community members experiencing hunger and/or homelessness

  • Medium Rare - Delivering FREE meals to the senior community in DC

  • Milk & Honey Cafe - 1245 H St NE. Offering FREE breakfast for Kids. Monday-Friday 8:30-10am.

  • N Street Village- Providing bagged breakfast 7-8:30am daily, bagged lunch from 12-12:30pm daily. For other services visit their website.

  • Park View Farmers Market- Open Sundays 9-2pm

  • Po Boy Jim - Serving FREE meals to kids while school is closed. H Street Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, 9th Street Tue-Wed 3pm-7pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-7pm, Both locations only available during business hours.

  • Purple Patch DC- Offering a FREE grab and go kids bagged breakfast daily from 8-10am. Opening a Purple Patch Pantry from 3-9pm offering desserts & easy to go foods. Full menu is also available for take out. More info found on their Instagram page @purplepatchdc

  • Rasa - Will be providing FREE take-out meals to children under 18, FREE take-out meals to hospital workers (valid ID) and FREE take-out meals for their team members and their families. More on their instagram page

  • Santa Rosa Taqueria (Capitol Hill) Kids eat FREE while schools are closed

  • Sweetgreen - Setting up outposts in hospitals to deliver FREE salad and bowls around the city. If you would like to sign your hospital up for a free sg outpost go to bit.ly/sgimpactoutpost

  • We The Pizza (Capitol Hill, Crystal City & Ballston)- Kids eat FREE while schools are closed




If you are interested in helping our community to ensure that families and their loved ones have what they need during this trying time -- whether financially, donating your time OR dropping off food in locations, the following is a list of organizations who may be looking for assistance. You can also DONATE towards our Emergency Fund which will go towards children and families during this difficult time. We will continue to add to this list as we receive confirmation from other organizations over the coming days:

  • Aunt Bertha - Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help and verified social care providers that serve them by zip code. Contact your local shelter to see what help and/or items may be needed.

  • Black Lives Matter DC - Supply drive for families. In need of donations (toiletries, personal and baby products, bags and financial)

  • Black Swan Academy- Providing toiletries and other items to young people and their families in Ward 7 & 8. Donations are needed

  • Calvary Women’s Services - Donations. They will not close their doors and will maintain a safe and caring home for all the women in their housing programs.

  • Capital Area Food Bank - They are experiencing a shortage of volunteers, and are in critical need of help sorting and packing food in their warehouse and assisting at their offsite food distributions.  To learn more and sign up, visit volunteer.capitalareafoodbank.org.

  • DC Central Kitchen - Donations. Financial contributions ensure that they can continue to serve the community.

  • DCPS Meal Site Operations - Need Volunteers! They are looking for help to support with DCPS meal site operation. Please complete their short survey and someone from their team will contact you.

  • Food Rescue US D.C. - This organization delivers healthy food from businesses, to people who have too little. Volunteers needed

  • Food & Friends- They are in urgent need of extra volunteers throughout the coming weeks. There are two volunteer opportunities, food preparation and packaging and meal and grocery delivery. More information found here

  • Grace’s Table - Looking for volunteers to help feed the homeless each Saturday.

  • Greater DC Diaper Bank - Preparing to serve families for the next two months. Please consider making a donation to support their experts.

  • Martha’s Table - May be in need of volunteers

  • Miriam’s Kitchen- In need of financial donations to help neighbors experiencing homelessness receive access to a sink or have a home to stay when they are sick.

  • Momma’s Safe Haven - Providing programming for youth and providing rides to/from DCPS meal sites. For a ride call 202-903-5122. Also consider making a donation to support their efforts.

  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork- In need of financial support to help them keep their doors open to homeless youth.

  • So Others Might Eat (SOME) - SOME is in need of items to support their clients who may be ill.

  • Ward 1 Errand Volunteers - Ward 1 has a sign-up sheet for volunteers who want to run errands for those who are housebound

  • We Are Family- Volunteer to deliver groceries to seniors

  • YMCA DC Food Programs- Offering FREE online culinary cooking classes via their instagram @ymcadcfood


DC Health continues to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of those common illnesses:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Stay home when feeling sick. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


* Civil Eats: https://civileats.com/2020/03/06/coronavirus-is-closing-schools-heres-what-it-means-for-millions-of-kids-who-rely-on-school-meals/