Community Table accepting donations for holiday food drive

Arvada-based local nonprofit aims to collect 25,000 pounds of food by Dec. 25

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Arvada-based nonprofit Community Table is taking donations for a community-wide food drive that aims to collect 25,000 pounds of food by Dec. 25 for those facing food insecurity. The food drive began on Nov. 14.

Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items can be made at the Apex Center, Arvada Center, King Soopers Candelas, PNC Band Westminster, Wheat Ridge City Hall and Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. Other community entities, including businesses, churches and local governments are also encouraged to host food drives at their locations as well.

The donations will be sorted by volunteers and used to stock Community Table’s Arvada storefront, which functions similarly to a grocery store — at a fraction of the cost.

Last year, the 25 x 25 Food Drive collected 25,777 pounds of food for Community Table, which helped replenish the nonprofit’s food stock.

This year, Community Table President and CEO Sandy Martin said the organization hopes to help the community and educate folks as well.

“This year’s 25 x 25 food drive kicks off during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,” Martin said, “designed to educate the public, draw attention to the problem of poverty and build up a base of volunteers and donors for local organizations like us. Community Table is not the only pantry affected by the pandemic.

“Many other hunger relief agencies have seen their supply chains decline while the number of hungry families continues to increase,” Martin continued.

Martin expanded on the impact that supply chain shortages and inflation have had on Community Table. Martin said that in September 2021, Community Table provided food for 1,600 people, while this September the nonprofit provided food for 3,250 people — double the number from last year.

“Even though the community has generously supported hungry families and us throughout the pandemic and its aftermath, our supply chain has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels,” Martin said. “Food donations and grocery rescue are just not keeping pace with the increased need. And now, with the addition of inflation, we are feeding more families than ever,”

Martin said that by Nov. 15 — just a day into accepting donations — Community Table had already collected 2,000 pounds of food.

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