Abe Pollin's Pro Players Are Winners with Homeless

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Although Martha Davis always has a weekly special for the homeless who eat in her kitchen, this week the service as well as the food was special.

Members of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, along with owner Abe Pollin and some front-office personnel, served up Martha's special lunch to 350 people yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church in Northwest.

"Martha is the one really responsible," Pollin said. "We started last Thanksgiving, but people aren't just hungry on Thanksgiving, so we are trying to make sure nobody goes hungry in Washington, D.C., through this program."

The event, called Abe's Table in honor of Pollin, is a weekly program hosted by the church and underwritten by Pollin, Fannie Mae and Deer Park. Davis is the director of the program, called Martha's Kitchen for the Homeless.

"Being as I am from the area, I know how important it is to give back and help out whenever I get the chance," said Wizards guard and District native Lawrence Moten. "I never hesitate to help. This is something I want to do."

Moten, who was signed to a second 10-day contract by the Wizards yesterday, served pig's feet, chicken, ham, potatoes au gratin, rice, sweet potatoes, greens, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread to an enthusiastic crowd. The former Carroll High School star slapped high-fives and signed autographs throughout his busy stay. …