Martha’s Table is committed to its vision of a city in which all children have the opportunity for their brightest future. For nearly 40 years, Martha’s Table has been standing with children and their families in D.C. to advance its mission of supporting stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and family support.
In the 2018-2019 school year, Sandy Spring Bank Foundation served as the Lead Literacy Sponsor for Martha’s Table, helping to fund a full-time Literacy Coach and purchase books and other resources that promote literacy development and continuous learning. The sponsorship came at a time when Martha's Table was undertaking the boldest change in its history, opening satellite locations in the District of Columbia's Ward 1 and Ward 8, and expanding its reach by over 40 percent.
“We know that by the age of eight, children begin reading to learn,” said Martha’s Table President and CEO Patty Stonesifer. “At Martha’s Table, we focus on helping our youngest students learn to read to set them up for a lifetime of learning. We are thrilled that Sandy Spring Bank Foundation shares our belief that early literacy is absolutely fundamental to a child's academic success.”