girl-at-farmers-marketMartha’s Table is a DC community organization that addresses emergency needs with food and clothing programs and works to assist children and families as they break the cycle of poverty through education and family support. They have a strong focus on fresh and healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) rather than the usual non-perishable canned goods often seen in food pantries.

Martha’s Table has joined with Capital Area Food Bank and DC Schools to host pop-up fresh food markets at elementary schools in the city. These markets, appropriately titled Joyful Markets are held monthly and provide each child with 23 lbs. of FREE fresh produce, cooking demonstrations for both adults and kids, and music—sounds fun, right?

DC AAP thought so, too! The pediatric residents of both Children’s National Medical Center and Georgetown are teaming up this year for a very exciting pilot project at these markets. We will be hosting an ‘Ask the Doc’ booth at the monthly markets at one of the public schools. Each month will have a health-related theme and a fun activity or game for the kids who stop by to enable the markets to promote health and wellness even more broadly. Our goal is to establish a longitudinal relationship with Martha’s Table and Beers Elementary School, and get pediatric residents out in the community!

Where: Anne Beers Elementary School
3600 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020

When: Wednesdays 3-5pm

Who: All members of DC AAP are welcome to volunteer! Contact Yael Smiley ( or Kirsten Orloff ( with questions or to sign up

Schedule & Health Topics for 2015-16 School Year:

Sept 9th – Vaccinations & annual visits
Oct 14th – Oral Health with Dental Residents
Nov 4th – Nutrition labels & Sugar Demonstration
Dec 2nd – Mental Health
Jan 13th – Sleep Health
Feb 10th – Brain Games! (Mind Wellness, Reading)
March 9th – Allergies & Asthma with IMPACT DC
April 13th – Car & Bike Safety
May 11th – Physical fitness
June 1st – Healthy summer (Suncare, Pool tips, Preventing the “Summer Slide” in School Performance)