Food Access

Food and nutrition have been the heart and soul of Martha’s Table since we opened doors in 1980. Our daily Martha’s Table Markets, monthly Community Markets, and network of monthly Joyful Food Markets aim to increase access to healthy food and support children and their families in making healthy choices.

Volunteer for Veggies

Volunteer to help at any of our markets and take home a fresh bag of produce!


MARTHA’S TABLE MARKETS

All guests are welcome to shop once per month for fresh produce and pantry items at our no-cost weekday markets located in the lobby at both of our SE & NW locations.

Martha’s Table Market at The Commons (Southeast DC)

  • 2375 Elvans Road, SE
  • 202-328-6608
  • Open Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Extended hours on Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Martha’s Table Market at The Maycroft (Northwest DC)

  • 1474 Columbia Road, NW
  • 202-808-8002
  • Open Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Please use the Columbia Road entrance.

COMMUNITY MARKETS

At our monthly pop-up community markets, all children, their families, and neighbors are invited to shop at no-cost for fresh, healthy produce and pantry staples. About 70% of the food available at each market is comprised of produce, such as sweet potatoes, cabbage, and kale, and non-perishable staples ranging from peanut butter to whole-wheat pasta and beans. Monthly community markets are open to the public at the following locations:

Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

  • 2500 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20003
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Last Thursday of each month:
    • Thursday, May 30
    • Thursday, June 27
    • Thursday, July 25
    • Thursday, August 29

Community Market at The Commons

  • 2375 Elvans Rd. SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Fourth Friday of each month:
    • Friday, May 24
    • Friday, June 28
    • Friday, July 26
    • Friday, August 23

Fort Stanton Recreation Center – Market Closing June 2019

  • 1812 Erie St SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Final Market Dates:
    • Friday, May 10
    • Friday, June 14 (Last market – Please visit us at The Commons!)

JOYFUL FOOD MARKETS

In January 2015, Martha’s Table, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank and DC Health, launched Joyful Food Markets to increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the Anacostia River.

Joyful Food Markets are pop-up monthly markets held in elementary schools  in Wards 7 & 8. School families are invited to shop at no-cost for a variety of beautiful high-quality produce, including bananas, apples, greens, and sweet potatoes, as well as basic shelf staples such as pasta and beans.

School cafeterias and gymnasiums are transformed into joyful environments with music, dancing, and colorful tables filled with baskets of fresh produce and healthy non-perishable food. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking.

Joyful Food Markets currently support 53 elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. Join us as a volunteer or sign-up to adopt a market!

Check out this brief video to experience a Joyful Food Market for yourself!

 

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