Meals for Minds
As the summer comes to an end, Martha’s Table is eager and excited for schools to be back in session for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Starting in August, Martha’s Table will be partnering with Target to provide groceries to the students of two elementary schools (Garrison and Amidon Bowen) in Washington, DC, one day a month, throughout the school year. Similar to the pantry we operate here at Martha’s Table, we will set up “mobile grocery stores” in the schools so that parents can select nutritious foods for their families. During the school year, we are fortunate to have a surplus of sandwiches from donors from schools, church, business groups and individuals, which we distribute to those in need. Martha’s Table is extremely thankful for the generosity of students, faculty, families and individuals on whose donations we rely. While we appreciate and are in need of sandwiches, during this academic year we will be tripling the amount of non-perishable food we distribute because of the Meals for Minds program, and consequently are in a greater need of non-perishable donations such as boxed and canned goods. Each month we will distribute about 22 pounds of groceries to the families at Amidon Bowen and Garrison. The items consist of a mix of non-perishable pantry staples, meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. One goal of the program is to ensure that at least 25% of the items we make available are fresh produce.
In order to keep up with this tremendous increase, Martha’s Table is trying a new approach. We are asking different schools and groups to have “ingredient-specific” themed food drives (for example, pasta drives or cereal drives). Receiving donations focused on specific items allows us at Martha’s Table to receive, store, and distribute food items more efficiently. Although we are extremely thankful for any donation, the exclusive drives will help us streamline the operation of distributing food to those in need, and helps make it possible to distribute more food to more families. If you have any questions or would like to set up a specific food drive for your school please contact Justin Peregoy, Food Programs Manager to discuss details at 202-328-6608 x214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meals for Minds menu for the month of August is listed below.
The menu will change monthly and you can find the items on our Meals for Minds wish list on amazon.com.
Half Gallons of 1% Fat Milk
Tuna Fish or Frozen Poultry
Crunchy and Smooth Peanut Butter
Whole Wheat and Semolina Pasta
Cereals including Kashi Go-Lean Crunch, Multi-Grain Cheerios, and Raisin Bran
Seasonal Fruit, including Oranges, Bananas and Peaches
Selection of Jellies, Jams and Preserves