When school lets out for the summer, children across the region are at higher risk of experiencing food insecurity having lost access to meals and snacks provided by their educational institution. FRESHFARM and CentroNía seek to bridge that gap. 


Grant-funded and managed by CentroNía and operated by FRESHFARM, Free Summer Meals provides lunch or supper for children aged 1 to 18 years old. Meals are available at FRESHFARM Columbia Heights Market on Wednesdays (3 – 7 PM) and Saturdays (9 AM – 1 PM) from July 1st through August 19th, 2023.

For pick up, children and their families should visit the Info Tent at the FRESHFARM Columbia Heights Market and request their meal. A Market Manager will then hand over the meal, and that’s it! No ID or proof of residency is required.

Get Involved

CentroNía & FRESHFARM are hiring a Farmers Market Volunteer to join us at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market from July 1st through August 19th, Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, and Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm. As a Market Volunteer, you will work with the FRESHFARM Team to provide support for CentroNía’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at the Columbia Heights Market. A stipend of a $100 per week will be provided.

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to Claudio Hernandez at claudiohernandez@centronia.org

Contact Us

You may contact pmguzman@centronia.org for program assistance and enrollment. For questions related to the meals distributed at market, please email foodaccess@freshfarm.org for support.

Visit the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education for more information about the program structure in Washington, DC.