Martha’s Table Hosts the First Family for Thanksgiving


President Obama Celebrates Thanksgiving by Distributing Food Baskets and Volunteering with Area Children



As you may have heard this morning during the Presidential Turkey Pardon, Mr. Obama mentioned, “This afternoon, our family will deliver 2 turkeys, who didn’t quite make the the cut, to Martha’s Table, an organization that does extraordinary work helping folks who are struggling in DC.”  Martha’s Table, will host the first family of the United States and 29 of their family members today at its facility on 14th Street NW.   President Barack Obama will distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to Martha’s Table families and staff, while extended family members volunteer with children in its daycare and after-school programs.



“On behalf of our families in our education programs, staff and volunteers, we are honored that the First Family has chosen to spend their Thanksgiving with Martha’s Table again this year,” Said Lindsey Buss, President and CEO of Martha’s Table.  “Their example of service and the spotlight they bring to the challenge of hunger and nutrition, especially for children, is a tremendous asset for all of us working to find solutions to poverty.”


Thanksgiving baskets will be filled with fresh produce donated from the community; the food was filled in reusable bags donated and decorated by the River School; turkeys were donated by Poor Roberts Charities, Little Flower Church and the PAX neighborhood association; fresh produce from Philadelphia Regional Produce; and delicious homemade pies were made by Sheila Whitney and volunteers from the National Cathedral Church.