DC FOOD PROJECT
 
 

 

Empower.

The DC Food Project is a Washington, D.C. non-profit organization providing DC students access to healthy food over the weekends while reducing food waste in schools.  

 

 

Our Impact

The DC Food Project launched after extensive research focusing on DC students' access to healthy and nutritious food -- in schools, beyond the breakfast and lunch programs already in place.  We launched the DC Food Project, with an aim to reduce food waste in schools while improving access to healthy food for students in DC throughout the weekend.  

 
 

30.7% of city residents under 18 live in food-insecure households.

Meaning they lack the resources necessary to ensure consistent access to adequate food.

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73% of all pupils are eligible FOR free and reduced meals in d.c. public schools

Free and reduced meals are available at the city’s public schools for eligible students, or roughly 73 percent of all pupils in the city of Washington, D.C.  

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REducing Food Waste by just 15% would Feed more than 25 Million Americans every year.

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Programs

THE SHARE TABLE

The Share Table is a place where students can place unopened and/or sealed foods that they choose not to eat during school breakfast and lunch in a basket, providing an opportunity for other students to take additional helpings of food that would otherwise be thrown away. While serving a greater need for nutrition within schools, these tables will also help in the reduction of food waste. 

 

THE WEEKEND BAG PROGRAM

The DC Food Project weekend bag program provides participating D.C. students access to healthy non-perishable food items over the weekend. These bags contain nutritious meals for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks and are discreetly packed in the students' backpacks each Friday afternoon or before a long school break, helping students be better prepared to learn the following week. 


Get Involved

START A PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL

Start a Share Table and/or a Weekend Bag program in your school. Simply contact us and we'll get you information and tools to get you started.

 

MAKE A DONATION

By making a donation to the DC Food Project you will be helping children in DC schools get access to healthy food items in school and on weekends during the school year.