There’s Always Room at Martha’s Table…

It’s been nearly a year since the food pantry here at Catholic Social Services of Montgomery County made the switch to a choice model.

What. A. Year.

When the project first began, it seemed like an impossible dream. But with the help of tireless and committed volunteers, an incredible team of builders, and the support and encouragement of our administration, the dream became a reality.

Now Martha’s Choice Marketplace is leading the way, inviting and inspiring others to serve their communities through choice. These days Martha’s serves well over 900 families per month and counting. Along with transitioning to a choice model, Martha’s is a hub for many other services provided by Catholic Social Services that help clients find their way out of poverty.

The team at Martha’s Choice Marketplace is a special one, with folks coming together from a variety of professional, personal and cultural backgrounds. One simple goal unites us: to serve our brothers and sisters in need in order to build a just and compassionate society. We’re starting with food. But the sky is the limit.

Come down sometime to visit. Meet the incredible family of volunteers who come rain or shine to serve their neighbors with compassion and kindness. Meet Patrick Walsh, the manager of Martha’s, who is always smiling, positive and eager to continue finding innovative ways to serve the community.  And Eli Wenger, the newest member of the team, the assistant manager who brings his incredible energy, experience and love for people to work with him daily.

We are always welcoming new volunteers and clients. Each of us plays an important role, each of us has something to share.

What will you bring to Martha’s table?


by: Kate Walsh, contributing writer