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How To Help D.C. Families Struggling During The Pandemic? Give Them Cash.

Dozens of low-income families served by Martha’s Table lost their jobs practically overnight. Kim R. Ford, president and CEO of the nonprofit education and food assistance provider, began hearing from D.C. parents within days of the first confirmed local COVID-19 case in March. Many had no savings and no Plan B. They needed cash right away.

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Martha’s Table President and CEO Kim R. Ford featured on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Our President and CEO, Kim R. Ford, was able to participate in a panel alongside other elected officials, residents, business owners and community leaders about what it takes to succeed as a small business in one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods — a community that is also facing the highest unemployment rate in the city.

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New Program Offers Southeast D.C. Families Discounted Rides To Grocery Stores

Martha’s Table, a local food access and education nonprofit, is teaming up with ride-hailing company Lyft to combat a glaring grocery store access issue in Wards 7 and 8. Dubbed the Lyft Grocery Access Program, the initiative will provide qualifying families with $2.50 flat fare rides to three grocery stores and markets east of the Anacostia River.

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Nonprofit Recycles Metro Cards From Weekend Visitors for Low Income Residents

Metro logged more than a million and a half rides during President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Friday and Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Many of the riders were visitors from out of town, who no longer need the plastic, electronic-chip-equipped SmarTrip cards they purchased for the weekend.

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