In town Sunday evening, October 25? If so, consider hosting a One Pot Supper to help fight hunger in the Washington, DC metro area. On that evening, families, friends and community members will come together to fight food insecurity in the District. They’ll meet in homes and apartments throughout the metro area to enjoy a One Pot Supper and conversations that focus on hunger.
One Pot Suppers are a fundraising initiative of Martha’s Table, a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to healthy food for children, their families and many neighbors in Washington, DC. This year, through its Healthy Eating programs, Martha’s Table will serve more than one million nutritious meals to the most vulnerable in the DC area.
Hosts register online and are provided with a “Host Tool Kit,” which includes instructions, ideas, sample recipes, a pre-dinner checklist and timeline and discussion questions about hunger. Guests are encouraged to make donations to Martha’s Table’s Healthy Eating Program, which the host collects and sends in after the dinner.
“Approximately one in three children in the District is food insecure,” says Caron Gremont, Senior Director of Healthy Eating at Martha’s Table. “The One Pot Suppers raise awareness about food insecurity throughout the area by bringing people together to share a meal and conversations about hunger,” she says. Gremont adds that the One Pot Suppers raise funds to support work that Martha’s Table does to assure that the city’s homeless and hungry residents have access to healthy food.
The One Pot Suppers hold special meaning for Gremont. “When I think about tzedakah, I tie it to the very real sense that any one person can make in creating change,” she says. “When we talk about justice in Judaism, we can tie it to assuring that everyone has access to food, which is a basic human need. It’s a part of being Jewish that was woven into my Jewish education and perspective when I was growing up.” Gremont has spent her career in communications tied to changing food behavior and healthy eating.
Assuring that everyone has access to food has been important to Aviva Goldfarb since she was young as well. Goldfarb is a champion of the One Pot Suppers and the founder and CEO of the Six O’Clock Scramble, a company that provides an online meal planning and grocery shopping system with family-friendly recipes.
“When I was growing up, I learned that gathering for meals and feeding the sick were important Jewish values,” Goldfarb says. “I also learned that bringing people together to talk about how we want to change the world is often best done over food.”
“What Martha’s Table is doing aligns in all ways with Jewish teachings and values,” Goldfarb says. “Of course, we Jews always like to cook and eat and schmooze.” Goldfarb has provided numerous one-pot dinner recipes to Martha’s Table to help facilitate hosting the suppers, including her Lovely Lentil Stew with Spinach and Tomatoes. “You don’t need to be an experienced chef to host a One Pot Supper,” she says. “Ultimately, it all comes down to caring and connecting.”
Last year, One Pot Suppers raised approximately $40,000 to support the work of Martha’s Table. This year, the organization’s goal is $100,000.
Top photo by Linda Wolpert.