For Kids, By Kids: Local Student Artists Partner With Martha's Table And Lidl To Design Limited Edition Tote Bags To Expand Access To Healthy Foods In Wards 7 & 8

Student Artists Of D.C.’s Project Create Design Tote Bags To Further Support Food Access For Youth And Their Families East Of The Anacostia River

12/01/2022 | Washington, D.C.

Project Create Student Artists

Project Create Student Artists With Their Bags

On December 7, four students from Washington, D.C.’s Project Create will unveil their artwork on limited-edition reusable charity tote bags, which will be available for purchase exclusively at Lidl’s Skyland D.C. store for $3.99 each. One hundred percent of sales will benefit the Joyful Food Markets, a joint program supported by Martha’s Table, Capital Area Food Bank and DC Health. Joyful Food Markets are no-cost pop-up monthly grocery markets that operate to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for residents in Wards 7 and 8.

“It has been a privilege working with Project Create and being able to see these young artists’ work come to life with the launch of these charity bags,” said Lidl Skyland Store Manager Malashia Mitchell. “At Lidl, we are committed to supporting fresh, healthy, affordable options for the local community and we are thrilled to expand that access further through this initiative.”

“At Martha’s Table, we believe access to healthy food is essential for developing children and young adults. When children are nourished and full, they perform better in school and are more engaged in their communities,” said Martha’s Table Interim President & CEO and Chief Program Officer Tiffany Williams. “Together with Lidl and Project Create, our mission to eliminate food insecurity can go further. Thank you to both organizations for their creativity and commitment to food access in the District of Columbia.”

The designs by four student artists, nominated by Project Create, depict iconic scenes throughout the Washington, D.C. community, also incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables that are available at Lidl Skyland every day. Project Create, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., provides accessible arts education and creative youth development to children and families in D.C.

“At Project Create, we see artistic genius in our students every day - we're thrilled for a chance to share their amazing talent with our community,” says Project Create Executive Director Christie Walser. “Thank you to Lidl for the opportunity for these young people to do what they do best - create imaginative, clever and unique art for all to see and to be inspired by!”

Lidl opened its Skyland store in September and was the first full-service grocery store to open in Wards 7 and 8 in over a decade.

More information on the initiative can be found here.


About Lidl  

Lidl operates more than 12,000 stores and is active in 32 countries, employing more than 360,000 employees globally. Lidl offers customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at unbelievably low prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, in June 2015, and today sells its award-winning products in more than 170 stores across nine east coast states and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About Martha’s Table

Martha's Table is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities. For more than 40 years, Martha's Table has been working to increase access to quality education, health and wellness resources, and family support. For more information and to get involved, please visit:

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