DC Hunger Solutions

DC Hunger Solutions D.C. Hunger Solutions is an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center. We've been fighting to end hunger in the nation's capital since 2002.

Hunger Solutions, founded by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in 2002 as a separately staffed and funded initiative, seeks to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income District residents. Hunger Solutions utilizes a three-pronged strategy to overcome barriers and create self-sustaining connections between city reside

Hunger Solutions, founded by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in 2002 as a separately staffed and funded initiative, seeks to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income District residents. Hunger Solutions utilizes a three-pronged strategy to overcome barriers and create self-sustaining connections between city reside

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The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced a recognition program to celebrate ...
11/24/2021

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced a recognition program to celebrate local WIC agencies providing exemplary breastfeeding programs and support services to mothers and children. The 2022 WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence Program application period is open now through Dec. 17, 2021. For more information visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/breastfeeding-award-excellence-program

D.C. residents are able to apply for SNAP on SNAP’s new website. This website checks benefit eligibility and can also he...
11/23/2021

D.C. residents are able to apply for SNAP on SNAP’s new website. This website checks benefit eligibility and can also help renew or make changes to current benefits. District Direct also offers a mobile application where residents can apply for public benefits. District Direct is free and available in the Google Play and Apple app stores.

D.C. residents are able to apply for SNAP on SNAP’s new website. This website checks benefit eligibility and can also help renew or make changes to current benefits. District Direct also offers a mobile application where residents can apply for public benefits. District Direct is free and available in the Google Play and Apple app stores.

This Thanksgiving, we want to make sure everyone has access to a delicious dinner. That is why we have listed some resou...
11/22/2021

This Thanksgiving, we want to make sure everyone has access to a delicious dinner. That is why we have listed some resources for D.C. residents to enjoy this holiday season!

This Thanksgiving, we want to make sure everyone has access to a delicious dinner. That is why we have listed some resources for D.C. residents to enjoy this holiday season!

The Bowser Administration and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation have launched the DPR Afterschool Meals program....
11/19/2021

The Bowser Administration and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation have launched the DPR Afterschool Meals program. This program offers supper at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 4-5 p.m. No application or ID is required. Swipe for participating locations.

Hey #DCResidents! During the SY21-22, all students attending D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools are eli...
11/18/2021

Hey #DCResidents! During the SY21-22, all students attending D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools are eligible for access to free school meals (breakfast and lunch). For more information, visit: dcps.dc.gov/food

Hey #DCResidents! During the SY21-22, all students attending D.C. Public Schools and D.C. Public Charter Schools are eligible for access to free school meals (breakfast and lunch). For more information, visit: dcps.dc.gov/food

DCHS is committed to bringing awareness to topics that get in the way of a healthy, nutritious lifestyle. WIC Wednesdays...
11/17/2021

DCHS is committed to bringing awareness to topics that get in the way of a healthy, nutritious lifestyle. WIC Wednesdays serve as a day to highlight important topics for those who participate in the special supplemental nutrition program. #WIC

Hey #DCResidents! Today, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Department of Health Care Finance, wi...
11/15/2021

Hey #DCResidents! Today, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Department of Health Care Finance, will have its last significant release of the DC Access System. This new system will enable customers to self-serve and access their information at their convenience.

Hey #DCResidents! Today, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Department of Health Care Finance, will have its last significant release of the DC Access System. This new system will enable customers to self-serve and access their information at their convenience.

Hi #DCResidents! Join the community for the Good Food Markets Grand Opening in Ward 8 tomorrow, Saturday, November 13. T...
11/12/2021

Hi #DCResidents! Join the community for the Good Food Markets Grand Opening in Ward 8 tomorrow, Saturday, November 13. The celebration begins at 10 A.M. at the corner of South Capitol Street and Atlantic Street!

Hi #DCResidents! Join the community for the Good Food Markets Grand Opening in Ward 8 tomorrow, Saturday, November 13. The celebration begins at 10 A.M. at the corner of South Capitol Street and Atlantic Street!

Hey #DCResidents! Here’s an update on WIC! #wicwednesday #dcwic #dcmoms #dcfarmersmarket
11/10/2021

Hey #DCResidents! Here’s an update on WIC! #wicwednesday #dcwic #dcmoms #dcfarmersmarket

Help us in giving a warm welcome to the newest addition to our DCHS team! TyJuan Brown is our new Americorps Vista Assoc...
11/09/2021

Help us in giving a warm welcome to the newest addition to our DCHS team! TyJuan Brown is our new Americorps Vista Associate! TyJuan, we are so excited to have you!

Help us in giving a warm welcome to the newest addition to our DCHS team! TyJuan Brown is our new Americorps Vista Associate! TyJuan, we are so excited to have you!

Black youth in @blackswanacademy have a lot to say in the 2021 Black Youth Agenda, Black Out for Black Power. Let’s comm...
11/08/2021

Black youth in @blackswanacademy have a lot to say in the 2021 Black Youth Agenda, Black Out for Black Power. Let’s commit to supporting and affirming Black youth in DC and across the world. #BlackOutBlackPower https://bit.ly/BYAreport

Black youth in @blackswanacademy have a lot to say in the 2021 Black Youth Agenda, Black Out for Black Power. Let’s commit to supporting and affirming Black youth in DC and across the world. #BlackOutBlackPower https://bit.ly/BYAreport

FRAC’s newest report finds schools and community sponsors were able to support access to afterschool suppers despite ong...
11/05/2021

FRAC’s newest report finds schools and community sponsors were able to support access to afterschool suppers despite ongoing pandemic-related closures. Nearly 1.5M children were served afterschool suppers– reaching an additional 37,317 students in October 2020, compared to October 2019. In addition, nearly 1.1M children were served afterschool snacks on an average day in October 2020. Find the breakdown of the data here: https://frac.org/research/resource-library/afterschool2021

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, and more th...
11/03/2021

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, and more than 84% of people do not know that have it. To learn more about your prediabetes risk, visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

Nourish DC’s Catalytic Grant is now open! This grant support D.C. businesses increasing access to healthy food and creat...
11/02/2021

Nourish DC’s Catalytic Grant is now open! This grant support D.C. businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs. The deadline is November 16! Apply here: https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021+DMV+Communications&utm_term=2021+Nourish+DC+Grant+Application+E-mail&utm_content=2021+Nourish+DC+webpage

Nourish DC’s Catalytic Grant is now open! This grant support D.C. businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs. The deadline is November 16! Apply here: https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021+DMV+Communications&utm_term=2021+Nourish+DC+Grant+Application+E-mail&utm_content=2021+Nourish+DC+webpage

DCHS was featured in a Street Sense Media article about local food programs and food needs during the COVID-19 pandemic....
11/01/2021

DCHS was featured in a Street Sense Media article about local food programs and food needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Federal Nutrition Programs Toolkit outlines what benefits are available to D.C. residents. Read the article here: https://www.streetsensemedia.org/article/food-insecurity-hunger-snap/#.YWWP1xrMJdi

DCHS was featured in a Street Sense Media article about local food programs and food needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Federal Nutrition Programs Toolkit outlines what benefits are available to D.C. residents. Read the article here: https://www.streetsensemedia.org/article/food-insecurity-hunger-snap/#.YWWP1xrMJdi

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. #LinkInBio for how adults and chi...
10/29/2021

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. #LinkInBio for how adults and children can gain access to federal nutrition programs! #SNAP #WIC #federalprograms

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. #LinkInBio for how adults and children can gain access to federal nutrition programs! #SNAP #WIC #federalprograms

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable and culturallyappropriate food. #LinkInBio forhow adults and childr...
10/29/2021

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable and culturally
appropriate food. #LinkInBio for
how adults and children can gain access to federal nutrition programs. #SNAP #WIC #federalprograms

D.C. residents deserve access to healthy, affordable and culturally
appropriate food. #LinkInBio for
how adults and children can gain access to federal nutrition programs. #SNAP #WIC #federalprograms

It’s on! We’re celebrating the 22nd annual #LightsOnAfterschool with over 1 million afterschool champions to showcase al...
10/28/2021

It’s on! We’re celebrating the 22nd annual #LightsOnAfterschool with over 1 million afterschool champions to showcase all the ways afterschool programs are serving our communities – now and in the future! Join the celebration: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm

It’s on! We’re celebrating the 22nd annual #LightsOnAfterschool with over 1 million afterschool champions to showcase all the ways afterschool programs are serving our communities – now and in the future! Join the celebration: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm

DCHS supports the fighters, admires the survivors, and honors the taken. October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Mon...
10/27/2021

DCHS supports the fighters, admires the survivors, and honors the taken. October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’d like to take this opportunity to raise awareness and offer tips for early detection as well as prevention. #breastcancerawarenessmonth #WIC

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11:00am-2:00pm, DC Hunger Solutions was invited by DC Central Kitchen to participate ...
10/26/2021

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11:00am-2:00pm, DC Hunger Solutions was invited by DC Central Kitchen to participate in the Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch & Resource Fair at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Ward 7. This outreach event was aimed at providing resources in underserved communities. We are excited to be reaching the DC community and doing our part to help eliminate poverty related hunger! #endhungernow #SNAP #federalprograms

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 11:00am-2:00pm, DC Hunger Solutions was invited by DC Central Kitchen to participate in the Pop-Up Pumpkin Patch & Resource Fair at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Ward 7. This outreach event was aimed at providing resources in underserved communities. We are excited to be reaching the DC community and doing our part to help eliminate poverty related hunger! #endhungernow #SNAP #federalprograms

Federal nutrition programs combat hunger and ensure residents have the nutrition they need. There’s an easier way for D....
10/25/2021

Federal nutrition programs combat hunger and ensure residents have the nutrition they need. There’s an easier way for D.C. residents to navigate these programs. #LinkInBio for our toolkit! #federalprograms #endhungernow

Federal nutrition programs combat hunger and ensure residents have the nutrition they need. There’s an easier way for D.C. residents to navigate these programs. #LinkInBio for our toolkit! #federalprograms #endhungernow

We celebrate afterschool programs like we run them - putting our youth first! Spend #LightsOnAfterschool with us & @Afte...
10/22/2021

We celebrate afterschool programs like we run them - putting our youth first! Spend #LightsOnAfterschool with us & @Afterschool4all for a special virtual Youth Town Hall on Oct. 28, featuring Youth Afterschool Ambassadors! https://3to6.co/LOAYouthTownHall

We celebrate afterschool programs like we run them - putting our youth first! Spend #LightsOnAfterschool with us & @Afterschool4all for a special virtual Youth Town Hall on Oct. 28, featuring Youth Afterschool Ambassadors! https://3to6.co/LOAYouthTownHall

Are you a small local, state, or regional org centering equity in your work fighting hunger & injustice? Apply by Monday...
10/21/2021

Are you a small local, state, or regional org centering equity in your work fighting hunger & injustice? Apply by Monday, Nov 1 for FRAC’s Social Impact & Equity Fund! Four $25k grants are available (one per org) to support your work. For more info visit bit.ly/3zTeYwG

Are you a small local, state, or regional org centering equity in your work fighting hunger & injustice? Apply by Monday, Nov 1 for FRAC’s Social Impact & Equity Fund! Four $25k grants are available (one per org) to support your work. For more info visit bit.ly/3zTeYwG

The DC WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, now valid through November 30, allows eligible WIC participants to use vou...
10/20/2021

The DC WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, now valid through November 30, allows eligible WIC participants to use voucher benefits to purchase fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and herbs at approved farmer’s markets located in D.C. and Maryland’s Price George’s and Montgomery counties. Swipe to see the post in Spanish. #dcwic #dcfarmersmarket

Celebrate youth voice and hear perspectives on the past year & the future with @afterschool4all youth at the #LightsOnAf...
10/19/2021

Celebrate youth voice and hear perspectives on the past year & the future with @afterschool4all youth at the #LightsOnAfterschool Youth Town Hall. Join the conversation on Thursday, October 28 at 6pm ET: https://3to6.co/LOAYouthTownHall

Celebrate youth voice and hear perspectives on the past year & the future with @afterschool4all youth at the #LightsOnAfterschool Youth Town Hall. Join the conversation on Thursday, October 28 at 6pm ET: https://3to6.co/LOAYouthTownHall

The Food Research and Action Center is accepting applications for its Social Impact & Equity Fund. Small organizations w...
10/15/2021

The Food Research and Action Center is accepting applications for its Social Impact & Equity Fund. Small organizations working on food justice and centering equity should consider applying. Apply using the link https://frac.webauthor.com/go/fx_frac_grants/run.cfm?fx=GrantView

The Food Research and Action Center is accepting applications for its Social Impact & Equity Fund. Small organizations working on food justice and centering equity should consider applying. Apply using the link https://frac.webauthor.com/go/fx_frac_grants/run.cfm?fx=GrantView

Register for the #NSLW21 webinar on best practices for #schoolmeals today from 3-4pm EST. A Snapshot of School Meals: Be...
10/14/2021

Register for the #NSLW21 webinar on best practices for #schoolmeals today from 3-4pm EST. A Snapshot of School Meals: Best Practices and Status Update. Visit https://frac.org/events for more info!

Register for the #NSLW21 webinar on best practices for #schoolmeals today from 3-4pm EST. A Snapshot of School Meals: Best Practices and Status Update. Visit https://frac.org/events for more info!

The DC WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to use voucher benefits to purchase fresh,...
10/13/2021

The DC WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to use voucher benefits to purchase fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and herbs at approved farmer’s markets located in D.C. and Maryland’s Price George’s and Montgomery counties. #dcwic #dcfarmersmarket

Let’s make sure all students are hunger-free and ready to learn. Raise Your Hand with DCHS if you believe that every chi...
10/12/2021

Let’s make sure all students are hunger-free and ready to learn. Raise Your Hand with DCHS if you believe that every child deserves access to a nutritious breakfast and lunch at school. #SchoolMeals4All #NSLW21 https://bit.ly/3ml0ml7

During the 2021-2022 school year, all students will have access to free breakfast and lunch meals. Visit the links in th...
10/08/2021

During the 2021-2022 school year, all students will have access to free breakfast and lunch meals. Visit the links in this post to learn more! #freeschoolmeals

D.C. Hunger Solutions signed a letter seeking provisions to the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill. These prov...
10/07/2021

D.C. Hunger Solutions signed a letter seeking provisions to the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill. These provisions will reduce food insecurity and improve the nutrition of the nation’s children.

D.C. Hunger Solutions signed a letter seeking provisions to the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill. These provisions will reduce food insecurity and improve the nutrition of the nation’s children.

It’s Food Recovery Week! Join this week’s free virtual and in-person events to support community efforts to reduce food ...
10/05/2021

It’s Food Recovery Week! Join this week’s free virtual and in-person events to support community efforts to reduce food waste and increase food security for all. Learn more at dmvfoodrecoveryweek.org!

It’s Food Recovery Week! Join this week’s free virtual and in-person events to support community efforts to reduce food waste and increase food security for all. Learn more at dmvfoodrecoveryweek.org!

The historic increase in SNAP benefits is effective today. Here are the newly adjusted SNAP income limits and benefits a...
10/01/2021

The historic increase in SNAP benefits is effective today. Here are the newly adjusted SNAP income limits and benefits amounts. Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before deductions. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. This is a step towards helping Americans bring food to the table. #federalprograms #endhungernow

The historic increase in SNAP benefits is effective today. Here are the newly adjusted SNAP income limits and benefits amounts. Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before deductions. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. This is a step towards helping Americans bring food to the table. #federalprograms #endhungernow

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Check out all the advocates from across the country who are raising their hand in support of #SchoolMealsforAll including DC Hunger Solutions. Share your own pic and be sure to tag Food Research & Action Center and your Members of Congress. #NSLW21
I want to personally invite you to join me and other advocates from around the USA advocating for Anti-Hunger and Anti-Poverty policies. (Free Virtual Conference) Child hunger quadrupled in the U.S. during the pandemic; Globally we stand to lose a decade or more in nutrition progress due to the impact of COVID. Want to do something about it? Join others in the movement to #endhunger, and register for the 2021 Advocacy Summit, July 12-13. When we join together through God, hope is enduring. bread.org/advocacysummit
Have you listened to our latest podcast episode? **Listen here: https://sunnysideupnutrition.com/episode/ep-31-addressing-hunger-food-insecurity-with-dr-beverley-wheeler/ or go to your favorite podcast app!** In this episode, we highlight the pandemic’s effect on increased food insecurity and discuss ways in which policies and legislations are working to mitigate this. Dr. Beverley Wheeler of DC Hunger Solutions talked to @annalutzrd and @elizabethdavenportrd about: ~ How COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on food insecurity in households of color, women, and children ~ What public schools are doing to try to combat food insecurity ~ How the pandemic has actually increased access to certain federal nutrition benefits such as SNAP (e.g., with an online application and by mailing Pandemic EBT cards) ~ The biggest challenges for food insecure populations during the pandemic ~ How the Pandemic EBT card has increased access to nutritious food ~ The problem with basing SNAP benefits on the thrifty food plan versus the low cost plan ~ Ways we can destigmatize food insecurity and larger bodies ~The association between food insecurity and adverse health outcomes ~ The findings of the Grocery Store Report in D.C. Food Research & Action Center We know we learned a lot from this episode! What’s one thing you learned? Feel free to comment below and share with us!
FRESHFARM is proud to be one of 16 organizations in DC to call on Congress and the White House to include #SchoolMeals4All in the upcoming Human Infrastructure bill. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, every child should be hunger-free and ready to learn. DC Hunger Solutions
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Interested in learning more about SNAP benefits and if you qualify? Learn move at DC Hunger Solutions (dchungersolutions.org)
Thank you to everyone who joined us today for #HearTheCrunch! We're honored to partner with so many strong #SchoolBreakfast champions working to end hunger and improve access to critical nutrition programs for ALL children! #NSBW21 Food Research & Action Center DC Hunger Solutions
Black-Led Food Justice Organizations You NEED to Follow 📲💻 (Part 1!) 1️⃣ 𝐃.𝐂. 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 | Washington, DC 📍 DC Hunger Solutions is an initiative of Food Research & Action Center that works to end hunger and improve the health and economic opportunity for low-income residents in DC. Led by Dr. Beverley Wheeler, D.C. Hunger Solutions focuses on advocating for public policies that will reduce hunger and make nutritious food more affordable for all by increasing participation in programs such as SNAP, WIC, and school meals. 2️⃣ 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 | Philadelphia, PA📍 Philabundance not only provides emergency food to those facing hunger in Pennsylvania's Delaware Valley, but they also partner with other community-based organizations to provide other key assistance to clients. Through their "Ending Hunger. For Good" program, clients receive health services, financial literacy training, job training, and more. Philabundance recognizes the intersection of food insecurity and other symptoms of poverty and works to #shortenthelines at food pantries while improving long-term food security.
Between the #CovidRelief bill and recent Biden executive orders, there are have some big—and positive—changes in SNAP that will bring millions of Americans struggling with food insecurity much-needed help. THANK YOU DC Hunger Solutions for this post which breaks down what was in the December Relief Bill. Info in this #repost applies to all states and territories (minus the one graphic about applying for SNAP in DC). Learn more in this statement from Food Research & Action Center: https://frac.org/news/frac-applaudsbipartisancovidreliefbill #Repost • • • • Do you have questions about what the #COVIDRelief bill means for your #SNAP benefits? Swipe ➡️ for important answers, and spread the word to your networks!
Today is the day! At 5PM ET, hear leading anti-poverty and hunger experts discuss the policies we need to lift wages, lift workers, and end food insecurity in America. Hunger and poverty in the U.S. represent a political failure, not an inevitable reality. If we muster the political will, we will end hunger with the right combination of policies. Today's panelists: Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America Dr. Beverley Wheeler, Executive Director of DC Hunger Solutions Dr. Donna Pavetti, VP for Family Income Support Policy for Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Moderator: Danna Creager, HFA Associates Council co-Chair & Columbia University in the City of New York MPA Candidate Sign up to attend the virtual panel: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q8a90itgTByHe1r-VPGhCA