The simplest of these needs is groceries. With only three grocery stores located throughout Wards 7 and 8, the demand for grocery items has grown at a rapid rate.
With over 162,000 visits by community members to Martha’s Table’s healthy food markets in 2019, it is now more important than ever that children and families have access to healthy foods.
While expanding our reach, we’ve also ramped up our supports at our Commons and Maycroft locations. We have more than tripled the number of groceries we are distributing, all at no cost to our neighbors. Community members are welcome to shop as many times as needed during this time.
Each week, the organization plans to distribute up to 6,750 bags of groceries through public food access sites, all at no-cost to community members. Our grab-and-go grocery sites are located in community hubs where residents frequent daily.
As we learn more about the effects of coronavirus in our community, our strategy transforms to meet the needs of Washingtonians. New collaborations evolve through community conversations. In partnership with Knead Hospitality + Design and Clyde’s Restaurant Group, we’ve joined the Food It Forward initiative.
This initiative supports the hard-hit restaurant industry and provides quality food to vulnerable populations in the DMV. We distribute these packaged meals, made by local restaurants at our various food distribution touchpoints.
With all these expansions we must recognize everyone who is working tirelessly to make sure that these opportunities are available. To the volunteers who make our day-to-day run smoothly, we say thank you. To our MT team members who work tirelessly to make sure the organization stays on track during this crisis; we say thank you. To everyone who donated to help us support our community; we say thank you. To everyone dealing with this crisis; remember that we are all in this together and no one’s work goes unnoticed.