The Community Table

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The Community Table

February Nonprofit Feature:  The Community Table

The Community Table’s (TCT) Mission is to serve balanced, nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect those in need with existing resources.

TCT is open every day for daily meal service and annually serves 40,000 to 45,000 meals with the help of over 3,000 volunteers.  75%+ of patrons report extremely no income or low income.  Clients of TCT can be broken down as follows:

  • 50% homeless
  • 92% extremely and very low incomes
  • 18% female-led households

The need for TCT’s services is steadily increasing, especially as the organizations invests more into their outreach efforts identifying ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).  Also known as the working poor, these households have an income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the cost of living.  For example, a family of four earning less than $26,200 total household income would be considered an ALICE household.

Ruder Ware’s gift of $10,000 will be used to fund the salary of TCT’s new Outreach Coordinator, Julia Moffit.  Her main goal will be to identify ALICE households and recruit, educate, and inspire new patrons.  She plans to connect underserved individuals to community resources through direct outreach efforts.  A recent graduate of UW-Eau Claire’s social work program, Julia was previously an instructor at the Eau Claire Nature Academy and an Assistant Program Manager at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.  UWEC Social Work Professor Jamie Tester, MSW, JD: “I could not see a better fit than Julia and The Community Table. Julia will make great strides in serving our community and helping more individuals in need.”  The Koehn Family Fund and Spirit Foundation are additional contributors to Julia’s salary.