Martha’s Table: Expanding to Ward 8
We’re celebrating 35 years of Martha’s Table and announcing BIG news this month: a new Martha’s Table Center will be built in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Ward 8!
The new Martha’s Table center will offer our full range of child, youth, and family-focused programming: Healthy Start, Healthy Connections, and Healthy Eating.
We’ve been doing more and more work east of the Anacostia River since 2011, when we began rolling out free pop-up healthy grocery markets in Ward 7 and 8 elementary schools. Then, in 2013, we opened a second Martha’s Outfitters in Anacostia. We are thrilled to continue this expansion of our programs out of our new center in Hillsdale, which is set to open by 2018.
“In recent years, we’ve focused on the delivery and accessibility of healthy food and quality clothing for families in Wards 7 and 8. This new center offers an opportunity to stand with families and individuals in a more meaningful way―by sharing a range of resources that support individuals to earn, learn and lead as they progress through life.” — CEO Patty Stonesifer
Timothy Jones, who many of you know as our Director of Healthy Connections and long-time leader of youth programming at Martha’s Table, told the Washington Post “It’s going to feel like turning back the clock. In the old days [on 14th Street], you would run into parents on the corner and the kids playing basketball.”
It’s true; our surrounding neighborhood on 14th Street has changed dramatically since Dr. Veronica Maz and Father McKenna set up shop between V and W. We’re very excited to expand to a neighborhood where we have the ability to be near the homes of the children, youth, and families accessing our programs.
The new Martha’s Table Center will be funded through a $20 million campaign. The Horning Family Fund has pledged to contribute a lead gift of $10 million, including land, and David Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, will provide an additional $1 million.