Media Advisory | Mayor Gray to Kick Off Free Summer Meals Program

Media Advisory | Mayor Gray to Kick Off Free Summer Meals Program

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Attention: DC residents…

I received this Media Advisory yesterday and wanted to share with you. I hope someone in need is able to utilize these services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2011

Thousands to Benefit from Free Summer Meals and Health Education Through Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s ‘One City Summer Fun’ Program
District Receives Special Recognitions for Summer Nutrition Program and Financial Support from Walmart, USDA and Other Partners

EOM Contact: Linda Wharton Boyd (202) 727-5011
EOM Contact: Ziky Ababiya (202) 727-5011
DPR Contact: John Stokes (202) 288-7275

WHAT/WHO:
Mayor Vincent C. Gray will receive grant awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Walmart and other partners for the Free Summer Meals Program at a press conference. He will also promote the adoption of healthy and active lifestyles for District residents, and the District will be honored as #1 in the country for its participation in the Free Summer Meals Program.

Participants will include BB Otero, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Hosanna Mahaley Johnson, State Superintendent of Education; Jesus Aguirre, Director, Department of Parks and Recreation; Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Director, Department of Health; Michelle Gillard, Senior Director, Workforce Development and Education; Walmart Foundation; Audra Rowe, Deputy Administrator, USDA; Matthew Boulay, Interim CEO, National Summer Learning Association (NSLA); Janice Williams, Senior Vice President, Program Development; YMCA of Metropolitan Washington; Barbara Tulipane, President, National Recreation and Parks Association; a General Mills representative; Alexandra Ashbrook, Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions; Bill Hanbury, United Way; London Fletcher, Washington Redskins (via a taped Free Summer Meals PSA); the USDA Power Panther and D.C. children, youth and other residents.

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Columbia Heights Community Center: 1480 Girard Street, NW 20009

BACKGROUND:
Summer vacation has begun for thousands of D.C. youth, and Mayor Vincent Gray has launched one of the most comprehensive summer programs ever assembled in the District of Columbia to provide activities for them. The “One City Summer Fun… Something for Everyone” program, Mayor Gray’s integrated approach to a safe and creative summer season, provides something of interest for everyone in every ward across the city. The program is an important initiative of his “safe communities” agenda.

“One City Summer Fun… Something for Everyone” is a wide-ranging and expanded citywide partnership among District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations and private-sector groups.

One component of the program, “Be Healthy This Summer,” focuses on the healthy, nutritious, safe, physical activities and services available for District residents. The Free Summer Meals Program is available for children and youth up to age 18 and will be available at over 300 locations, including recreation centers, churches, libraries and communit-based organizations. The program is assisted by grants made possible by Walmart, General Mills and other partners. D.C. is ranked #1 in the nation for feeding children during the summer months.

In addition to the Free Summer Meals Program, the Department of Health will promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles through its Live Well DC! Campaign. The campaign seeks to educate the public and increase public awareness of the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. It aims to encourage those who live, work and play in the District to live longer, more productive lives by following 10 healthy living tips: move more, eat healthy, don’t smoke, love responsibly, reduce stress, see your doctor, wash your hands, be prepared, make peace and read more.

For more information on this and other DPR activities:

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
3149 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
dpr@dc.gov

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