New Toolkit Will Assist in Educating D.C. Residents on Federal Nutrition Programs

The DC Food Policy Council is pleased to share the following announcement about a new toolkit created by our partners at District government agencies and local non-profit DC Hunger Solutions:

In partnership with District government agencies, DC Hunger Solutions recently released the DC Federal Nutrition Food Programs Toolkit, designed to help community-based organizations, social service and healthcare providers, District agencies, and community members connect low-income households with federal nutrition programs.

Thousands of D.C. residents struggled to put food on the table prior to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, hunger in D.C. has spiked drastically and had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx households. Things would be far worse if not for the wide range of programs administered in the district.

Federal nutrition programs are among our nation’s most important and cost-effective public interventions to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing individuals and families access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

“Food insecurity and poverty have serious health implications for children and adults,” said Beverley Wheeler, director of D.C. Hunger Solutions. “With this toolkit, our community leaders can play a key role in ensuring children, young adults, adults, and older adults can connect with the right providers to help gain access to the nutrition they need for their health and wellbeing,” she said.

These programs help many working families afford healthy, nutritious food and continue to afford costs related to housing, childcare, medical care, and more.

The toolkit includes information for applying for:

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC),
  • Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (Senior FMNP),
  • WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP),
  • School Nutrition Programs: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Afterschool Nutrition Programs,
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP; known locally as DC Summer Meals Program),
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP),
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP),
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and
  • Older Adult Nutrition Programs.

The toolkit was made in partnership with DC Department of Health, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, DC Department of Human Services, DC Public Schools, and DC Department of Aging and Community Living.

DC Federal Nutrition Food Programs Toolkit Webinar

On Monday, August 16 the DC Food Policy Council, in partnership with DC Hunger Solutions, hosted a webinar so individuals, communities, and organizations could have the opportunity to hear more about the programs and their benefits from the DC agencies that administer them. Check out the full recording below:


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