FAQs

Is Martha’s Table a soup kitchen?
Martha’s Table is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health and wellness, and family and community supports. While we are not a soup kitchen, we offer a wide array of supports for District neighbors including McKenna’s Wagon, our mobile food service that goes out every night of the year to offer a hot meal at two downtown locations in the District.

Who is Martha?
While we are not a religiously-based organization, our founders Veronica Maz, a social worker, and Father Horace McKenna, a Jesuit priest, chose the name “Martha’s Table” in honor of an admirable individual in the Bible: Martha!  When Jesus and his disciples were on their way to Jerusalem, they stopped in a village, where a woman named Martha and her sister, Mary, opened their home to them.  While Mary sat with the apostles and listened to their teachings, Martha was consumed by preparations in the kitchen for her honored guests.

What programs does Martha’s Table offer?
Martha’s Table supports children, families, and neighbors in many ways. Through McKenna’s Wagon, our mobile food service, we offer a hot meal supper every night of the year at 2 downtown locations in the District. Additionally, Martha’s Outfitters is a no-cost community store that provides access to clothing and baby items to families with young children. Our Education program offers two nationally accredited early childhood education centers for children 6 weeks to three years of age. The program focuses on building a strong foundation for academic and life success. Our accredited out-of-school enrichment program provides children, Pre-K3 through 2nd grade, a supportive environment to build literacy, social, and developmental skills. Additionally, we offer a family engagement program that includes home visiting, parenting groups, and classes for caregivers. Our Martha’s Table Markets and Joyful Food Markets offer monthly no-cost markets for families to shop for fresh produce and pantry items. We expanded Joyful Food Markets to partner with over 50 DC public elementary schools in Wards 7 and 8. Please visit our program page for more details.

How and where can I donate to Martha’s Table?
Thank you for considering a donation to Martha’s Table! Please visit our donate page for more information on the different ways you can donate to us.

What is Martha’s Table’s United Way and CFC number?
UW #8445
CFC #29262

How do I start volunteering at Martha’s Table?
Please visit our volunteer page, make an account on our Volunteer Hub and sign up for a shift!

What do I do if my question isn’t answered on this page?
Please send us an email at info@marthastable.org