Food Access

Martha’s Table believes that access to fresh, healthy food is essential for supporting strong children, strong families, and strong communities. Our Healthy Eating initiatives work to ensure healthy food is more accessible and to support children and their families in making healthy choices.


Martha’s Table’s market program began in August 2011 as the result of a partnership with the Target Foundation’s Meals for Minds program. Since then, it has expanded with support from additional generous donors.

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

Martha’s Table Market  at The Commons (2375 Elvans Road, SE)

  • Open Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Extended hours on Tuesdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Martha’s Table Lobby Market – 14th Street location (2114 14th Street, NW)

  • Open Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.


More Ways to Shop: No-Cost Community Markets

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

Fort Stanton Recreation Center
1812 Erie St SE, Washington, DC 20020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Friday,  January 11
  • Friday, February 8
  • Friday, March 8
  • Friday, April 5
  • Friday, May 10

Rita Bright Family and Youth Center
2500 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20003
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Thursday, January 31
  • Thursday, February 28
  • Thursday, March 28
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Thursday, May 30

Martha’s Table Community Market at The Commons
2375 Elvans Rd. SE, Washington, DC 20020

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Friday, January 25
  • Friday, February 22
  • Friday, March 22


Volunteer for Veggies

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


Joyful Food Markets

In January 2015, Martha’s Table, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, 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 run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 15 pounds of food per enrolled student. 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.

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

Joyful Food Markets currently run in 53 elementary schools east of the river, and—by 2018—will be in every public and charter elementary school in Ward 7 & 8. Check out Martha’s Table’s expansion plans here.