Martha's Table provides more than 300 young people from the ages of three months to eighteen years old with nutritious meals and supervised education over the course of the year in a safe environment. There is also support for the entire family through Martha's Table. This shelter also helps build the knowledge of parenting skills in the less fortunate.
The Children, Youth and Family Learning division of Martha's Table helps keep youth and families away from the violence on the D.C. streets. Provided are: Meals and snacks; educational programs including games, tutoring, and computer learning; nutrition education, outdoor recreational activities to help show the youth about fitness, arts and crafts, community service opportunities, and entrepreneurship education.
The other programs held at Martha's Table to help those less fortunate to prevail through their lives are the: Childhood Development Center which provides day care, the Elementary Program for before and after school care for grade school students, the Bridge Program which works with young teens on academics through outdoor recreation – the program has a weekend section which is called GOAL (Get Out And Learn); Teen program works with teenagers to focus on their futures with college awareness and workshops in art fields. There are also programs for parents on communication and healthy ways of living.
Martha's Table also provides an all-day summer camp for the ages of 5-18 years old.
Seven days a week there is a mobile soup kitchen called McKenna's Wagon, which feeds more than 1200 hungry and homeless people in many locations around Washington, DC. The Wagon is named after the founder of Martha's Table, Father Horace McKenna, S.J. There are also holiday meals provided during Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Often there are churches, synagogues, workplaces, and schools that work with Martha's Table to help run McKenna's Wagon. For example, students at Gonzaga College High School ride on the wagon weekly to help serve food. Further, Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School graduates Catherine Moynihan and Natalia Kroll co-founded Helping Hands, a community service group within the high school that works with Martha's Table. This group has Peanut-Butter and Jelly Sandwich-Making-Days, Clothing Drives, and other service activities.
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