Through healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education, Martha’s Table works to build a better future.
Martha’s Table impacts over 20,000 people a year with its programs, including the youngest learners through middle school and beyond, and their families.
At the core of Martha’s Table’s food program is:
- Engaging children and families around food and its preparation.
- Providing tons of emergency groceries at 3 Martha's Table markets and 8 local inner city schools where families choose among healthy offerings of fruit and vegetables, dairy, and protein.
- Delivering hot, healthy meals nightly to 3 locations around the District on McKenna's Wagon.
At the core of Martha’s Table’s daycare, after-school and summer programs is:
- National accreditation and outcome-based curricula that focus on school readiness, school success and graduation, college readiness and college graduation.
At the core of Martha’s Table’s family support services is:
- Creating a clothing operation where everyone -- those with means and those without -- can shop together and choose the items that they not only need, but want, choosing how they will present and express themselves to the world.
- Workshops for families focusing on parenting skills, health and behavioral screenings, and nutrition.
At the core of Martha’s Table’s volunteer program is:
- Creating opportunities for 10,000 people a year from schools, businesses, faith-based groups, and the community to learn about service and the value of helping their neighbors.
Beginning with humble roots in 1980, Martha’s Table was originally a place for children to receive free sandwiches and food after school. We gradually grew to address the additional needs of the community by finding solutions to poverty in the short and long term. We address emergency needs with food and clothing programs and break the long cycle of poverty with education and family support services.
We are proud to announce that Martha's Table just received word from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) granting accreditation status to our Child Development Center.
Charity Navigator, a national evaluator of charity finances, has awarded Martha's Table its Four Star Rating (their highest rating), recognizing our staff that is hard at work keeping our overhead low, our spending efficient, and our programs running smoothly. Charity Navigator's website reflects that, "Martha's Table executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America."
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. It was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families). Originally known as an accrediting body for family and children's agencies, COA currently accredits 50 different service areas and over 125 types of programs.