WHAT WE DO

AN ORGANIZATION TO HELP FEED THE HUNGRY

The Table feeds Napa’s most vulnerable residents in a respectful and welcoming environment.  Since 1985, more than 25 local community groups coordinate, prepare, and serve meals every weekday.  The diners who are served by The Table are members of our community, and their well-being is a community concern.  Our goal is to provide a clean safe place to eat a nutritious meal for anyone who is hungry.  We treat our diners with dignity and respect, just as we treat our own family members.  The generosity of our community has enabled The Table to provide more than 40,000 free nutritious meals each year.

We believe that by offering a healthy meal daily, we can off-set potential negative effects of food insecurity[1]   As costs continue to increase in the Napa Valley, so do the number of elderly, veterans, handicapped, and working poor who cannot make their finances stretch through the end of the month.  We see this because the number of meals served is consistently higher at the end of the month than they are at its beginning. We are committed to help feed our more vulnerable community members .

Through The Table, the Napa community recognizes others who live here and are in need.  We have been able to keep our overhead costs to a very low minimum, and we have learned to collaborate with a wide variety of other members in the community.  In this way, we can feed a family a nutritious meal for as little as $10.

Abstract of footnote:

UC Davis identified food acquisition practices that threatened the health or well-being of low-income families, including delaying bill payment, skipping meals to provide food for children, and locking refrigerators and cabinets to ration food. Other studies have reported men committing crimes so they will be sent to jail, where they will have food and shelter; women stealing food for their children; and low-income men and women buying food on credit, selling blood or possessions, eating pet food, and engaging in prostitution, theft, or other illegal activities for food and money.

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-and-nutrition-assistance-research-reports-database/ridge-project-summaries.aspx?type=2&summaryId=155

http://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046(06)60332-1/abstract

[1] Ahuluwalia, Dodds, and Baligh, Practices Used by Limited-Resource Audiences To Maintain Food Security, Year: 2000, Research Center: Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis.

Maintaining Food Sufficiency: Coping Strategies Identified by Limited-Resource Individuals versus Nutrition Educators Kempson, Kathryn et al.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior , Volume 35 , Issue 4 , 179 – 188