At our pop-up grocery markets, children, their families, and neighbors can shop at no cost for fresh, healthy produce and healthy pantry staples. At least 40% 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. While families move from station to station shopping, music plays and fresh food samples are distributed.
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. With support from additional generous donors, Martha’s Markets are currently run in 7 elementary schools, two community centers, and at Martha’s Table, where the market is open to students and families in our own Healthy Start and Healthy Connections programs and our staff. At pop-up markets, families select from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples at no cost every month. In addition, our markets include chef-led culinary demonstrations designed to spread the joy of healthy eating.
We currently run Martha’s Markets for students and their families at the following schools:
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
Browne Education Campus
Burroughs Education Campus
Garrison Elementary School
Powell Elementary School
We also run Martha’s Markets at these community centers, which are free and open to the public:
Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St SE, Washington, DC 20020
Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, 2500 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20003