Martha's Table In The News


Feeding families made more hungry by congress

The holiday season is beginning, which means two things: Many Americans will eat too much, and many others won’t have nearly enough.

November will be tougher than usual for the hungry because it kicked off with a brutal blow to their already- meager food budgets, ensuring that 48 million men, women and children will be even hungrier this Thanksgiving.

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President Obama Visits Martha’s Table to Thank Furloughed Workers

On Monday, the President traveled to Martha’s Table, a local food pantry, to thank the many furloughed federal employees who have spent time during the government shutdown volunteering for charities and non-profits. While there, he joined volunteers and helped prepare food for the pantry and called on Congress to set aside their partisan demands and let these furloughed employees return to work.

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Obama Visits Martha’s Table to Make Sandwiches, Talk Shutdown

This afternoon, the leader of the free world made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on 14th Street NW next to people out of work because of the federal government shutdown.

During a 45-minute visit to Martha’s Table, President Obama volunteered alongside furloughed workers and students from Sidwell Friends (where his daughters attend) at the D.C. nonprofit, which offers a variety of programs to low-income Washingtonians including grocery and food delivery.

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13 Photos of Obama Making Sandwiches at Martha’s Table

As the government shutdown entered its 14th day, President Barack Obama spent some time away from the front lines of the budget battles on Monday to visit Martha’s Table, a D.C. nonprofit that helps low-income and homeless families. Many of those volunteering there are furloughed federal workers. The president donned an apron and helped with making the sandwiches, getting his hands dirty.

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Remarks by the President at Martha’s Table

President Obama visited Martha’s Table, which helps 1,100 people a day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services. President Obama also addressed the government shutdown saying, “this afternoon I am going to once again urge them to open the government and urge them to make sure that the United States government is paying its bills.”

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For One-Time Tech Exec, Leading DC Charity is No Small Job

Patty Stonesifer once watched Martha’s Table serve food to the homeless outside the Washington, D.C., offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When the top post at the charity came open, she knew it was the job for her.

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