Tell D.C. Leaders: Don't Let Kids Go Hungry Due To Bureaucratic Inaction
  • Petitioned Marion Barry

This petition was delivered to:

D.C. City Council Member, Ward 8
Marion Barry
Chairman, D.C. City Council
Vince Gray
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Ward 8 Board Member, State Board of Education
William Lockridge

Tell D.C. Leaders: Don't Let Kids Go Hungry Due To Bureaucratic Inaction

    1. Carol Scott
    2. Petition by

      Carol Scott

      San Francisco, CA

Trapped in bureaucratic red tape, a Washington D.C. nonprofit is in financial trouble through no fault of its own, and had to shut the doors of a popular afterschool program in Jan. 2011. What's at stake? A safe place to go after school for some of the District's neediest children.

After running a day camp program in D.C.'s Ward 8 this summer where needy kids were mentored, fed and protected from harm, nonprofit City Gate never received the $60,000 payment they were promised through a D.C. grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), founder Rev. Lynn Bergfalk said. Not only this; the OSSE also owes $15,000 more for the afterschool program City Gate ran in fall of 2010.

Despite assuring City Gate that money for the fall program would come, OSSE hasn't paid. So City Gate had to shut the doors of its popular Merrick Center afterschool program in southeast D.C. during the first week of January.

Even though the city agrees that City Gate has provided valuable services to children, they still have not been paid. This lack of payment will hurt City Gate's ability to deliver valuable services to needy residents of Ward 7 and Ward 8.

It's time to fight back against needless red tape. Leaders at D.C.'s OSSE should ensure that City Gate is paid for the afterschool programs they provided. Send a letter to D.C. leaders telling them not to punish City Gate for giving children a safe place to go after school.

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      Josie Raymond
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    • Deborah Shillam KEIGHLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      The welfare of children should be a priority. It horrifies me that there is always money in the U.S. to buy bombs to blow up other people's children and at the same time not enough money to feed America's most vulnerable children.

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    • margaret ray YOUNGSVILLE, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      how could you let such a small amount of money cause you to neglect children. inconceivable. stop and imagine that one of those children were yours.

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    • Chris Whites LUCEDALE, MS
      • about 3 years ago

      Do not let the kids suffer.

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    • sarah mortimore SALTASH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      You promised the money and so you should pay it - knowing that the money is needed to provide the basics such as food - how can you not pay knowing that there are children who will be hungry because of your inaction , in a modern society that is shameful and heartless, you need to find a way to make this program come back .

      Every one has the right to a voice, and doesnt the constitution say all men are equal or does the dollar still talk ??

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    • Charlie Hernandez CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Don't let kids go hungry

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