Joy Stevenson, a Career Success Coordinator at Potomac Job Corps, is a loyal Joyful Food Markets volunteer. She recognized the need for healthy food access in Wards 7 and 8 and wanted to get involved. Every month, she brings a group of young professionals to the market at Stanton Elementary—and the results have been inspiring. She says her students have called the markets, and the opportunity to give back to neighbors, “life-changing.” One Potomac Job Corps student remarked after a recent visit to Stanton: “Kids are learning their numbers from their fruits and vegetables. They’re learning how to eat properly. They’re getting great recipes. Last time I was I here, they were eating broccoli. It’s a beautiful thing.” Yet for Joy, the markets are about more than just supporting neighbors in need. As a career counselor, she lauds the market experience for teaching her students interpersonal and customer service skills—two crucial attributes for any young professional. Reflecting on the volunteer experience, she praises the joyful atmosphere of the markets and the clear expectations for volunteers. “Every week that we come, we know exactly what we need to do. We know how to set it up and break it down. We love the working relationship.”
November 17, 2023 at 3:53 PM
Martha’s Table Community Kitchen Entrepreneur program, are preparing to serve 1,200 Thanksgiving meals at no cost to the community.
November 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Today, Martha’s Table has announced that its new children’s savings account (CSA) program will be named in honor of Dietra L. Ford, a native Washingtonian who dedicated her life to supporting childhood causes. She is also the late mother of former president and CEO Kim R. Ford.
October 26, 2023 at 9:31 AM
Martha’s Table’s Community Kitchen is designed to promote upward economic mobility. The program supports culinary entrepreneurs’ business knowledge and growth, expands their ability to serve more customers, and creates the foundation for long-term success! Martha’s Table operates this program in partnership with the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), whose mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low-to moderate-income Latinos and other underserved communities by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.