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District distributes boxed lunches; more than 19,000 remain without power

The District Department of Parks and Recreation is distributing boxed meals to the public at six sites until 9 p.m. Tuesday, another service the city is providing as the region grapples with record temperatures and mass power outages due to Friday’s storm.

The city was already promoting its Free Summer Meals Program, which gives lunches to children, but is now giving away the boxed lunches to the public.

According to a news release issued by the city’s homeland security department, 19,136 Pepco customers in city still had no service. But the release called the number of outages “a significant improvement over the same period yesterday.” Among those outages, 57 traffic signals remain down and nine public schools still do not have power.

Several D.C. public libraries will also be open from 1 to 9 p.m. as cooling centers. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened at noon. All recreations centers are also being used as cooling centers until 9 p.m., and Kennedy Recreation Center, North Michigan Park Recreation Center and Southeast Tennis & Learning Center will be open overnight.

To pick up a free meal, go to the following recreation centers: Langdon Park, 2901 20th Street NE; Deanwood, 1350 49th Street NE; Ft. Stevens, 1327 Van Buren Street NW; Guy Mason, 3600 Calvert Street NW; Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue SE; and Takoma, 300 Van Buren Street NW.


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