The COMMUNITY TABLE INC

aka The Community Table   |   Dillsboro, NC   |  https://www.communitytable.org

Mission

The Community Table's mission is to provide nutritious meals, in a welcoming environment, to our neighbors in need. It is our vision that no one in Jackson County, NC goes to bed hungry.

Notes from the nonprofit

From our guests…
“Thank you for feeding my young sons and me tonight, if it wasn't for your program I would have gone hungry, as I would have used the last $4 I had to feed them. I'm so grateful for the warm food and the warm reception from your staff. Thanks to your program, my 3 children's' bellies will be full. “
“There are days when The Community Table provides me with my first and only meal, and a well-balanced meal, too. The staff and volunteers are always friendly and caring. If The Table wasn't here I'd be hungry, and lonely, too"
“The Community Table has really been a blessing to me and my family. If it wasn't for The Table and the people of Jackson County, we would not have a meal sometimes."

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Paige Christie Ms.

Main address

P.O. Box 62

Dillsboro, NC 28725 USA

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EIN

56-2264894

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Jackson County, NC we face a poverty rate far above the national average -- 22.3%. Our mountainous terrain and spread-out population also limit access to food sources throughout the area, leading much of the county to be classified by the USDA as a Food Dessert. We see a steady increase in need for food, both primary and supplemental. We are successful if we have to turn away no one in need of help, and when the quality of our meals remains high.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Community Table Meal Program

We serve nutritious meals to those in need in a welcoming atmosphere. Dinner is served on M, T, Th, and F from 4-6 .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Community Table Meal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We serve nutritious, freshly prepared dinners in a welcoming restaurant-style setting. Guests sit where they like, have menu options, and are waited on by volunteers.

boxes of groceries distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

The Community Table Meal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our self-shop food pantry program provides groceries to people in need in our community.

pounds of food distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Community Table Meal Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This represents how much food was distributed through our food pantry program only, and does not include our dinner program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to never turn any client away for lack of food and to provide more nutritious foods through our two programs.

Our strategies are to continue with store-level donations, food drives, and increasing our food budget to access more healthy foods from MANNA Food Bank and elsewhere. Now that we are doing an annual review with a CPA, this has opened us up to new grant funding. We are also planning to partner with local healthcare organizations to work on nutrition education.

For the past several years we have set a new record for both programs. This demonstrates our widespread community support and our capacity to handle ever-increasing need. We have a very dedicated board of directors, staff, and volunteers who ensure our success.

In 2020 we purchased a meal-packing machine to allow us to safely distribute meals safely and efficient during the pandemic. These lidded meals can be held in the refrigerator for up to a week, frozen for up to 3 months, and can be reheated in oven or microwave. The containers themselves are also biodegradable.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The COMMUNITY TABLE INC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Easton

The Community Table


Board co-chair

Mr. Ski Brominski

The Community Table

Brenda Oliver

Renee Cohen

Michele Smith

Clara Franklin

Ellerna Forney

April Tallant

Brandi Warner

Sharon Montague

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/21/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.