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Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau

The Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau:

  • Improves access to healthy, affordable food through federally and locally funded programs that provide benefits, financial incentives, and direct distribution of healthy food.
  • Implements evidence-based interventions related to nutrition education, physical activity promotion and obesity prevention grounded in cultural understanding.
  • Integrates nutrition into healthcare and strengthens referral pathways between nutrition services, healthcare and community-based organizations to help prevent and manage diet-related diseases.
  • Improves food environments across retail stores, farmers markets, workplaces, hospitals, schools and early childhood education.
  • Engages partners to guide statewide healthy eating, active living and healthy weight efforts.
  • Increases services and resources to support families who are breastfeeding.
  • Supports policies and practices in health care, workplace and childcare settings that promote breastfeeding.

Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Local Nutrition Assistance Programs

  • Produce Plus Program provides eligible DC residents with $40 per month to spend on local produce at participating farmer’s markets and farm stands throughout DC.
  • Healthy Corner Stores Program partners with corner stores in Wards 5, 7, and 8 to stock fresh produce at below market prices and provides SNAP customers with coupons to purchase healthy food.
  • Joyful Food Markets are monthly pop-up markets held in 53 elementary schools in Wards 7 and 8 where families can shop at no cost for a variety of produce items and pantry staples.
  • Home Delivered Meals provides medically tailored, home-delivered meals, groceries, and nutrition counseling to DC residents living with life-challenging illnesses and their caregivers.
Service Contact: 
Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9397
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1710
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm