We Are Not Stopping

With the help of caring people like you, Martha’s Table took bold action to meet a 400% increase in need last year in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of D.C. neighbors continue to turn to Martha’s Table for support each week. We are not stopping. Your support helps provide:

  • Healthy fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at no-cost to every neighbor visiting our market sites, an average of 5,000 families each week
  • 90+ children with the support needed to thrive in kindergarten and beyond, with high-quality early education and comprehensive resources for parents
  • Direct cash assistance to 500 families through our THRIVE East of the River partnership to ensure families are stable throughout the economic crisis
  • Warm meals nightly with McKenna’s Wagon to 200+ neighbors experiencing hunger or homelessness

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No Neighbor Goes Without Healthy Food

Nearly overnight, we expanded our grocery distribution by 400%—supporting as many as 2,200 neighbors in a single day.

It is a common misunderstanding that the healthy food we distribute is all donated to Martha’s Table.

Your donation helps us purchase food from the local food bank and other sources to ensure no neighbor goes without access to healthy food

We honor the dignity of every neighbor who turns to Martha’s Table and provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at no-cost; no questions asked.

Martha’s Table continues to provide 5,000 families with fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items each WEEK. But we need your help.

Many neighbors are turning to Martha’s Table for the first time.

One neighbor, Wanda, unexpectedly found herself without an income when the childcare center she worked at closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thankfully, she heard from a friend about Martha’s Table and our no-cost food program.

“It’s a blessing to be here to get this food. And people here are so very nice!”    Wanda, a D.C. neighbor


Support Strong Children and Strong Families

Martha’s Table believes every child should have the opportunity to thrive. We provide nationally accredited early education from birth through four years of age and support parents with the resources they need as family leaders.

The economic collapse hit the families enrolled in our education program hard. Devastatingly, by April 2020, 9 in 10 of our families had been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and more than half were concerned about their ability to pay rent the next month.

Because of supporters like you, we were able to take bold action. In 2020, we provided $9,000 in direct-cash assistance to the 137 families with children in our education program to relieve financial pressures and keep families strong. The bold impact of this program led Martha’s Table to form the THRIVE East of the River partnership with peer Ward 8 nonprofits. Together, we are providing 500 families with direct-cash assistance and other essential supports.

Throughout it all, our wonderful teachers have been a steady support for the children in our education program. Our teachers creatively supported children and their parents through virtual learning, and now have returned to on-site learning to help children grow and develop in our classrooms.

“To receive a stipend from your child’s school—it’s huge. I’ve been down and what Martha’s Table is doing has lifted my spirits. I feel that someone cares.”

— Jalisa, Martha’s Table mother

99% of families said the cash assistance was very helpful or helpful

94% of families use the cash assistance towards housing or utilities costs

200+ Meals Every Night on McKenna’s Wagon

Rain, snow, sleet, or global pandemic…McKenna’s Wagon rolls out every night of the year. We continue to support 200+ neighbors experiencing hunger or housing insecurity with the help of our tremendous volunteers. Each meal pack includes a warm, fresh meal, nutritious snacks, and a large water.

Our small-but-mighty McKenna’s Wagon team has stepped up to ensure we have our freshly-made meals each night.


“I’m a regular with McKenna’s Wagon. Where would I go to get food if not there? I’m glad Martha’s Table is here.”

— Leon, McKenna’s Wagon Guest

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