The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the region’s largest hunger relief organization is implementing an emergency plan to meet the food needs of families across Washington, DC who may have run out of food this week.
While DPR and CAFB partner to provide afterschool meals at certain sites, this is the first collaboration where they will provide food distribution at sites.
“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to continue to help our residents in new, innovative ways,” said DPR Director, Keith Anderson. “Residents having access to healthy, nutritious food is important to us and this week our expanded partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank will assist those in need.”
“This is a time of real need,” said Nancy E. Roman, the organization’s CEO. “And the food bank is working flat out to meet that need. Our job is to meet food needs any way we can, that means being nimble, creative, and collaborative.”
Beginning today, Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30, the food bank will make emergency food deliveries of fresh produce, shelf stable items and water to eight DC Recreation Centers across the city: Barry Farm, Bald Eagle, Malcolm X, Deanwood, Benning Park, King Greenleaf, Trinidad, and Fort Stanton.
The deliveries will be located at the parking lots of those recreation centers. It is first come, first served. Residents are encouraged to bring reusable bags.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, January 28th:
?. Fort Stanton Recreation Center(1812 Erie Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
?. Malcolm X Opportunity Center (3200 13th Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
?. Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Friday, January 29th:
?. Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
?. Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
?. Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street, NE), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 30th:
?. Barry Farm Recreation Center (1142 Sumner Road, SE), 10:00AM-12:00PM
?. King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW), 10:00AM-12:00PM
Residents unable to receive food at these specified sites are encouraged to check the Food Bank Network to locate food assistance nearest to them.
The CAFB is also reaching out to their nearly 800 partners with direct distribution sites to identify and supply many of them with food.
For the latest information on the District’s response to the storm, residents should visit Snow.DC.Gov.