WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

How To Feed D.C.'s Low-Income Children On Snow Days

Play associated audio
The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation may soon offer meals to low-income children.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/6276704367/
The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation may soon offer meals to low-income children.

Council member Mary Cheh wants the Department of Parks and Recreation to come up with a plan to provide healthy meals to low-income children on snow days.

Cheh says nearly 50,000 children in the District receive school meals for free or at a reduced price because their families live below the federal poverty level. When schools are closed because of the weather, she says many of these students don't have access to meals.

Cheh says she selected the Department of Parks and Recreation because they already provide more than one million meals to low-income children during the summer months. And recreation centers in low income neighborhoods could serve as distribution points.

Cheh says the District can get reimbursed through a federal program and wants DPR officials to come up with a plan by Oct. 1 this year.

NPR

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
NPR

Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
WAMU 88.5

Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

WAMU 88.5

Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.