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Our Impact

154,512
Bags delivered through our Weekend Meal Backpack Program
1,500
Individual children fed since 2008
29,585
Snacks distributed through SnackChef since 2012

TABLE has been feeding local children at risk for hunger since 2008. Through our hunger-relief and nutrition-education programs, we provide healthy, emergency food aid to children in Orange County, NC every week and educate them about healthy eating habits.

Why? Nearly 6,000 students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County school districts are eligible for free or reduced meals (2019). These kids are at risk for hunger when they do not have access to meals while at school. When school is located on-site, weekends are a critical time away from school meals potentially causing  kids to  return to class hungry on Mondays. When school is remote, transportation to available meals or other food assistance can be a barrier to filling kids’ bellies. TABLE seeks to meet the nutritional needs of local children during these challenging gaps away from school meals.

Our Goals

Through our hunger relief and nutrition education programs, we seek to accomplish the following goals:

  • Improve children’s overall health
  • Increase children’s knowledge of nutrition, positive attitudes toward healthy eating, and/or long-term healthy eating habits
  • Ensure kids and  families are engaged, involved, and feel dignified
  • Ensure kids have access to and  eat sufficient nutritious food.

What Makes Us Unique

  • The only local non-profit focused exclusively on childhood hunger in Orange County.
  • A one-of-a-kind food distribution model delivering food directly to children every week right where they are – school or home – to ensure transportation is never a barrier to full bellies.
  • We accommodate dietary needs and adjust our kids’ bags for food allergies, vegetarian/vegan households, and religious special diets.
  • We focus on local produce as much as possible, plus we aim for healthier nonperishable options. We’ve had our menus reviewed by nutritionists as well.

Core Values

As a nonprofit organization focused on creating a healthier community for local children, the following values define who we are and what it means to be a part of TABLE.

TRUST
Our community sees that TABLE staff and volunteers act and speak with truthfulness, honesty, and integrity.

TEAMWORK
Willingness of the group to work together collaboratively to achieve our mission; promoting an environment that fosters friendship and loyalty; cooperating, compromising, and supporting one another in our own diverse strengths.

COMMITMENT
We are dedicated to ensuring the well-being of the children in our community by working hard, adapting to meet the needs of the kids we serve, and carrying out our mission for years to come.

PEOPLE
We value those who serve and are served by TABLE and treat all people with whom we interact with kindness, dignity, and respect.

See more about our Mission and Vision here.

“Children are our future and I don’t think most people are aware of the number of children that go to school each day hungry. TABLE is such an easy way to make a difference in a young person’s life.”
~ TABLE Setter Donor