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In retirement, seniors reinvent themselves as volunteers

Beverly Jones apologized for smelling of onions. She’d been chopping the pungent ingredient as part of her weekly shift at Martha’s Table, which feeds the poor and homeless from its headquarters near 14th and U streets NW.

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Martha’s Table gives low-income families a taste of a farmers market

The market’s ripe melons, zucchini and ears of corn drew about 300 families who waited in a line stretching down the block from the King Greenleaf Recreation Center to receive their fresh produce on a recent Tuesday.

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In a changing D.C., Martha’s Table plans a $20 million move to Southeast

Martha’s Table, a venerable D.C. charity and longtime 14th Street fixture, is preparing to break ground on a $20 million headquarters in Southeast Washington and will move many of its programs to one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods by early 2018.

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Teaching our kids healthy eating must start early

The White House’s announcement last month of a $1 billion public-private investment in early child-care programs, a priority of President Obama’s, presents an opportunity to teach children healthy eating habits. Fortunately for policymakers at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, a model piece of legislation was passed last year by the other deliberative body in Washington: the D.C. Council.

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Restaurants, home cooks host fundraising dinners for Martha’s Table

Think of it as a more affordable Sips & Suppers: The inaugural One Pot Supper Evening parties will bring together friends and family on Sunday to raise money for Martha’s Table, the nonprofit dedicated to feeding and clothing the poorest of Washingtonians.

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Catching up with Patty Stonesifer

It’s been one year since Patty Stonesifer surprised the Washington nonprofit community with her appointment as head of a small charity in the District. Once the highest ranking woman at Microsoft, Stonesifer led the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as it became the world’s largest philanthropy, managing an endowment of $89 billion.

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