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Arvada Community Food Bank Inc

You can help feed your hungry neighbors and give them the resources they need to become self-sufficient. Across Colorado 1 in 11 people go hungry every day and half of these are children. Your support can put an end to families having to decide between buying food and paying other expenses.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Arvada Community Food Bank Inc​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
Community Table
Former Name(s)
(2017)Arvada Community Food Bank
(2007)Arvada Food Bank
Acronym
CT
Date Established
1982
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
74-2250374
Addresses
Headquarters Address
8555 W. 57th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
N/A
Other Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
303-424-6685
Fax Number
303-403-9911
Other Phone Number
720-437-6394
Web/Email
Email
lcadman@cotable.org
Website
cotable.org/
Social Media Links
       

Mission Statement

Community Table | Mission

A community in which people have access to food and resources to foster self-sufficiency.

Founded in 1982 by a group of concerned citizens, the Arvada Community Food Bank now known as Community Table began distributing food to hungry families out of a small house. Now in our 38th year, we have grown to be the largest emergency food assistance provider in Northern Jefferson County, serving 100 square miles and the communities of Westminster, Arvada, Golden, Edgewater, Lakeside, Mountain View, and Wheat Ridge.

Although providing food is still our core, our current slate of programs for those in need now extends far beyond. In 2014, we added a "hand up" through Bridges to Opportunity that provides emergency financial assistance and the programs and resources struggling families need to lift themselves out of poverty. In 2018, we began hosting Living Well Showers for people experiencing homelessness, and in fall 2019 we opened an onsite clinic that provides free health care for uninsured adults.


Community Table | By the Numbers

10,159 -- Total number of unique/unduplicated people served
317 -- Veteran's assisted
1,322 -- People with disabilities helped
1,262,533 -- Pounds of food distributed
25,000 -- Weekend sacks of food distributed to schoolchildren
87 -- People enrolled in GED classes and tutoring
568 -- Homeless persons assisted
9 -- Individuals who found employment
23 -- Families enrolled in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
29,064 -- Volunteer hours provided
$739,098 -- Value of volunteerism to the community

Organization History

Community Table | Gather Around
(formerly Arvada Community Food Bank)

Founded in 1982 by a group of concerned citizens, the Arvada Community Food Bank now known as Community Table began distributing food to hungry families out of a small house. Now in our 38th year, we have grown to be the largest emergency food assistance provider in Northern Jefferson County, serving 100 square miles and the communities of Arvada, Golden, Edgewater, Lakeside, Mountain View, Westminster and Wheat Ridge.

Although providing food is still our core, our current slate of programs for those in need now extends far beyond. In 2014, we added a "hand up" through Bridges to Opportunity that provides the programs and resources struggling families need to lift themselves out of poverty. In 2018, we began hosting Living Well Showers for people experiencing homelessness, and in 2019, we opened an onsite clinic that provides basic medical care for uninsured adults.

It is estimated that across Colorado 1 in 11 people, including one in eight children and one in 30 older adults regularly face hunger and must make choices between purchasing groceries or medications. And, for the first time in American history, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of people in poverty in the suburbs is outpacing their inner-city counterparts. The average family served by our main food distribution program, Client Choice Pantry has four members and earns less than $16,000 per year. The Federal poverty line for a family of four is $26,200. Many of those we serve are resourceful and resilient people. They manage to scrape by, living paycheck to paycheck, until an unexpected expense or event such as a medical bill, domestic violence, additional family members moving in or a job loss tips them over the edge. They then end up at our doors in need of food and other services.

Community Table employs nine full-time staff and 700 volunteers to feed and provide support programs and services for nearly 4,000 households (11,000 unique adults and children) annually. Our current programs include:

• Client Choice Food Pantry. Empowers those in need to choose their favorite foods based on family size and a nutritious shopping list. This alternative to traditional emergency food distribution provides people with dignity and a feeling of ownership.

• Feeding the Future. Provides hungry schoolchildren with a take-home sack of food including fresh fruits and vegetables to eat over the weekend so they return to school on Monday ready to learn.

• Mobile Food Pantry. Delivers a "client choice" shopping experience and access to fresh produce to low-income, migrant and elderly populations that are unable to visit our main facility.

• The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, neighbors who qualify receive additional monthly food assistance.

• Once-A-Month Food Program for Seniors. In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food Bank of the Rockies, low-income seniors receive a box of food once per month. We also make pet food available to seniors participating in this program, as we have learned that older adults are more likely to feed their pets before themselves.

• Bridges to Opportunity. Assists neighbors in need with support and resources to lift themselves out of poverty that extend beyond our established food programs, including assistance in obtaining public benefits, GED tutoring and test preparation, employment readiness, client computer room, housing referrals, funding for housing deposits, emergency services such housing vouchers and help with utilities and more.

• Living Well Showers. This shared community resource provides homeless people with access to showers, toiletries and clean undergarments and socks.

• Community Table Health Clinic. An onsite health clinic providing free basic medical care for uninsured adults in partnership with the Physician Assistant Program at Red Rocks Community College, the City of Arvada and Lutheran Medical Center.

Testimonials

"When we retired, I thought we would have a good life. Then my husband died. My medical bills got higher and I had trouble getting by. Community Table really helps me make ends meet each month."

"Fortunately, our family found help at Community Table. Last week the kids had a healthy home-cooked meal for the first time in what seems to have been a really long time.

"It was really hard for me to come to the food bank. I have worked all my life but got laid off after 12 years…. Thank you for being there at one of the most difficult times in my life."

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