An organization dedicated to helping marginalized communities of D.C., especially when it comes to food drives and building community
AREA - D.C.
AGE RANGE - 12 and up
What is Martha's Table?
Martha's Table is an organization in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to helping underserved communities gain access to food, education, and support. They're known best for providing food, which is certainly an important service, but they also provide mental health resources, support for families and caregivers, and education programs for young children. Most of the volunteer opportunities are geared towards food provision, so if you're interested in cooking, delivering food, or participating in food drives, read on!
How do I volunteer?
If you want to do any kind of volunteering at Martha's Table, you'll need to fill out this form, as well as sign this waiver and code. Please note that an adult will need to accompany any volunteers under 14. Here's their volunteer calendar with the dates and times of various opportunities.
Martha's Table has a mobile food service called McKenna's Wagon that goes out every day to distribute meals and snacks to various locations. McKenna's Wagon volunteers must be at least 15. Volunteering entails serving food, driving the van, and loading and unloading the supplies. If you want to help seniors in need, Martha's Table delivers meals door-to-door to senior residents in northwest D.C. every Saturday. You can also volunteer at Martha's Table's on-site markets in southeast and northwest D.C. by helping shoppers with their groceries and restocking inventory. Martha's Table normally offers food prep shifts that are currently not operating because of COVID-19; however, there are shifts available for volunteers to tidy up the kitchens after food has been prepared.
Martha's Table also offers a non-food based volunteer opportunity at their clothing donation hub, Martha's Outfitters. They're currently not accepting volunteers at Martha's Outfitters because of COVID-19, so this is more of an opportunity to keep in the back of your mind for the future.
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