Help Provide Summer Nutrition for Children

We need your help to ensure food access for underserved youth this summer. As you may already know, we host several community-based camps across the Washington metropolitan area each summer, completely free of charge. In doing so, we provide our students with essential prepared breakfasts and lunches to ensure no child at a So What Else camp goes hungry. 

Here in Washington, D.C., we provide free summer programming to over 80 students in Ward 8, five days a week, totaling a need for 800 meals a week beginning in July. For many of these students, So What Else summer camps are one of the few safety nets standing between them and hunger, making it imperative to supply these meals. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly but a challenge we find incredibly fulfilling. As an organization focused on the health and well-being of all communities, there is no greater reward than seeing the smiles on our student’s faces after giving them the nutritious, high-quality meals they deserve.

But we cannot do it alone. Eight hundred meals a week is a lofty goal that cannot be met without contributions from generous partners such as yourself. Help us keep Washington youth fed this summer by making one of the following contributions:

  1. Make a one-time donation of $750 to cover the cost of lunch for all 80 students across all four of our summer camps for a day, which includes the price of food, plates, utensils, napkins, and delivery fees. You can donate here: 
  2. Purchase 80 high-quality meals for our D.C. campers and hand-deliver them on-site. This allows you to experience volunteering, where you will hand out meals to each child and see the impact of your contribution first-hand.
  3. Order 80 nutritious meals from a restaurant of your choice, and we will take care of the delivery and distribution process on your behalf.

No child should go hungry because school is out for the summer. Please let us know if you’d like to partner to make a difference today. 

Thank you for supporting local children!

If you are interested in volunteering with us:

All SWE volunteer opportunities are listed here & signing up is easy! Create your profile and browse opportunities that fit your interests and availability. Please be sure to register for each instance of a volunteer opportunity you wish to serve. For example, if you want to help out at the Saturday Outdoor Food Pantry, be sure to sign up each time (instance) you want to serve. Please note that sign-ups will be deactivated 24 hours before the start of an opportunity. For last-minute sign ups, please send an email to

If you are interested in Group / Team / Organization volunteering, please contact us at!

If you’re interested in volunteering at one of our after-school or summer camp programs, please send an email to

We hope to see you soon!

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