All too often, policies and programs are created without the participation of the people who are most affected.
The true experts on maternal and child health and poverty are the mothers of young children. These moms focus their lenses on their children, on their neighborhoods, on their daily grinds at work and on welfare. They are teachers with valuable lessons to impart. Each of us is invited to look and listen for their guidance.
The DC Witnesses program at Martha’s Table is continuously evolving. After months of meeting to discuss issues facing low-income families living in the District of Columbia and learning about media and advocacy, the core group of DC Witnesses presented their photos and shared their experiences with a huge crowd at the January 14th site launch, hosted by THEARC. Currently, Martha’s Table is assembling a committee of stakeholders and policy experts to navigate the Witnesses toward opportunities for testimony, media, and other impactful ways to share their experiences.
To learn more about the national Witnesses to Hunger project, please visit the Center for Hunger-Free Communities online.