Regatta Beneficiary Spotlight: Martha’s Table Provides Washingtonians with a Chance to Thrive

Each year, RCM&D selects regional, deserving nonprofits as the beneficiaries of our year-long fundraising and volunteer efforts. The culmination of those efforts is celebrated at our annual Regatta, a waterfront celebration held on Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. Learn more about the Regatta here. Leading up to this year’s event, we will highlight one of this year’s beneficiaries and the amazing work that they do in our communities every day. 

About Martha’s Table

Martha’s Table is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Washingtonians for over 40 years. Established to serve as a safe space for children to access after-school meals, Martha’s Table has grown to operate nationally accredited education programs. Martha’s Table fights for children beginning at birth, fights for food justice, and seeks to increase access to healthy meals and fresh produce for over 20,000 residents. Much of this is accomplished through its no-cost community store and engagement programs.

Martha’s Table Impact: By the Numbers

Martha’s Table’s tremendous impact speaks for itself. The following statistics were recorded from January to April 2022:

  • 121 children learning and growing in our early education programs
  • 71,726 bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items shared with families visiting our healthy markets
  • 500 families supported with direct cash assistance through the THRIVE East of the River Collaborative 
  • 37,451 warm meals delivered every day  through McKenna’s Wagon to neighbors experiencing hunger or housing insecurity 
  • 483,100 healthy meals provided to families through Martha’s Table Markets 
  • 150+ families supported with no-cost clothing each month

How the Regatta Will Benefit Martha’s Table

Funding from the RCM&D Regatta will support Martha’s Table’s early childhood education program. The vast majority of families enrolled in this program are low-to-medium income and thus qualify for D.C. or federal childcare subsidies. However, these government subsidies do not fully cover the program’s costs. 

With the help of these funds, Martha’s Table will be able to invest in professional development for teaching staff, purchase curriculum materials, and continue serving fresh, nutritious meals and snacks to the children.