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OUR MISSION

Since 1993, The Community Table has been nourishing hungry bodies and spirits in the Eau Claire Community by serving one meal each day, 365 days a year on a no-questions asked basis. Anyone can join our table during meal time.

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Join Us

Join Us
We serve one meal a day, 365 days a year to anyone who wants to join, no questions asked.

Help Us

Help Us
Come support your community members by donating or volunteering to keep food on our table.
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NEWS & EVENTS

We are always looking for ways to bring our community together. Check back often for news and upcoming events.

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Sack Hunger Pack Hope Event For children, it’s not as easy to comprehend the fact that some of their classmates don’t go home to dinner each night. That’s why The Community Table is hosting its Sack Hunger and Pack Hope event Tuesday night from 5 to 8 at Tangled Up In Hue. Families will be able to decorate meal tote bags – one to donate and one to take home with them. During the event, there will be a group conversation about what hunger is and how your kids can help. According to Feeding America, the food insecurity rate for children in Eau Claire County was 15.2 percent in 2017. Posted: Sep, 12 2019
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Pilot program serves up job training with meals Conventional wisdom holds that you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but some Chippewa Valley residents are finding a way to receive food assistance at the same time they are helping feed other residents and learning job skills that might help them put food on their own tables. Posted: Jul, 30 2019
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Bicyclists seek to stop hunger as they go through town Seven pedalers from Rhinelander continued a 41-year tradition recently of bicycling 200-plus miles every summer to raise money for charity. The goals of the Bike Ride for World Hunger are two-fold: Help feed the hungry and have some fun. This year’s group, comprised of four youths in sixth through 10th grades and three adults, decided to take their road trip through the Chippewa Valley. The crew from Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhinelander began their journey Sunday, June 23, by riding from Menomonie to Eau Claire. The next morning they did a service project at The Community Table in Eau Claire before pedaling off to Chippewa Falls and then winding their way home on bike trails and back roads. The group, which stayed in churches along the route, was scheduled to arrive back in Rhinelander on Friday afternoon. Posted: Jul, 01 2019
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Volunteers needed at The Community Table June 18, 2019 Posted: Jun, 19 2019
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How you can get a pizza or calzone on the go to help the Community Table A local organization focused on providing hot meals for those in need, has gone mobile, to raise funds to further their mission. Posted: May, 10 2019
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The Community Table starts food truck The primary purpose for TCT Pizza & Calzone Truck is to serve as a mobile billboard promoting the free meal service, according to a news release from The Community Table. Posted: May, 10 2019
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The Community Table is going mobile! TCT Pizza & calzone Truck is a new addition to the Community Table in Eau Claire’s outreach efforts. Posted: Apr, 29 2019
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The Community Table bus pass program expanded The Community Table will now offer year round bus passes. Posted: Apr, 08 2019
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The Community Table, Eau Claire Transit offer year round buss passes The Community Table and Eau Claire transit offer free year long bus passes. Posted: Apr, 08 2019
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Wine Down & Sack Hunger Wine Down & Sack Hunger event at 200 Main Art and Wine with Castle Dettinger. Posted: Apr, 01 2019
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Jefferson Award Winner: Debbie Van Deurzen “He said: ‘Everyone tries to figure out why we are here. What is our purpose? Is this what I am here for?’ He said you need to understand that your purpose is not to work in an office, it was not to sit behind a computer, it wasn’t to answer the phone, you’re here because you help people,” Debbie recalls. She’s carried that message forward. Over the last year, she’s done a little bit of everything at the Community Table, from organizing the non-profit’s database to meal planning. “Even when she’s doing something tough like making a recipe work and winging it when we don’t have all the ingredients, she just has a great time and makes sure everyone else here does too,” said Marie Schug, the volunteer coordinator for the Community Table. Debbie said her main passion since volunteering is educating children on healthy eating. Posted: Feb, 27 2019
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Recent snow and cold temperatures cause volunteer shortage With driving sometimes dangerous, and the weather just feeling unpleasant, local organizations are short on volunteers. Posted: Feb, 08 2019
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The Community Table launches new 'Meal in a Jar' youth nutrition series For many kids, macaroni and cheese is a staple meal. Perhaps it’s their favorite. So why not teach them how to cook the dish themselves, but with a healthy twist? That’s what The Community Table did on Wednesday, when the Eau Claire nonprofit soup kitchen launched its inaugural Meal in a Jar Youth Nutrition series, “How to Doctor Up Your Favorite Foods With Healthy Options.” Posted: Dec, 20 2018
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New program teaches kids about nutrition and culinary education The Community Table is launching its first Meal in a Jar youth nutrition program. Wednesday students at Roosevelt Elementary School got a chance to participate. The program looks to provide kids with healthy food options. Posted: Dec, 20 2018
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Roosevelt Elementary kids make a ‘Meal In A Jar’ Community Table employees and volunteers taught the students how to create at ‘Meal In A Jar.’ The goal is for kids to learn nutrition skills, culinary experience and to have the confidence to make their own food. Community Table provided nutritional education, tools and the food to create a healthy macaroni and cheese. Posted: Dec, 20 2018
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Organizations team up to help people vote Some guests dining at The Community Table on Monday got more than a free hot meal. If interested, they got guidance and information about voting and additional bus passes so they could cast their ballot today. “Our goal is to get as many people out to vote,” said Michelle Koehn, executive director of The Community Table, which provides one free meal a day to anyone in need of a hot meal and hospitality To help with that, she invited volunteers with Chippewa Valley Votes to The Community Table to educate guests and answer questions. Chippewa Valley Votes volunteers also travel around the area to provide advocacy, education, outreach, training, voter assistance and voter registration. Posted: Nov, 06 2018
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ECASD offering free bus passes to the Community Table Since 2012, the community table and Eau Claire Transit have been providing free bus passes for people to get to and from the community table in Eau Claire, which provides free meals every day of the year. Starting November 1st, bus passes will be available to those in need in more spots around the area. People will be able to find bus passes at all Eau Claire Area School District Elementary Schools. (Flynn, Meadowview, Montessori, Manz, Longfellow, Sam Davey, Locust Lane, Robbins, Lakeshore, Sherman, Northwoods, and Putnam Heights) Passes will also be provided at various social service agencies like Western Dairyland, ADRC, Family Promise, and Catholic Charities. Posted: Nov, 02 2018
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Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week Dozens of local restaurants will take part in a celebration of local eats! Restaurant Week gives you access to special menus, offerings, great deals, and invites you to attend a handful of unique food-themed events that raise money for community causes. Posted: Sep, 20 2018
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Never-ending need: The Community Table, region’s only soup kitchen, keeps dishing up hot food daily As The Community Table reaches its 25th year serving meals to Eau Claire’s hungry, founders and longtime volunteers aren’t quite sure how to feel. Many feel shock that the only soup kitchen in the Chippewa Valley is still in existence — not because the organization or the volunteers aren’t hardworking and aren’t well-intended. But rather, because the need for these free, hot, nutritious meals 365 days a year only seems to continue growing. And growing. Posted: Sep, 09 2018
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Former contestant on Food Network’s 'Chopped Junior' teaches north side Eau Claire youngsters the va Castle and his dad, Jake Dettinger, volunteered Tuesday morning to cook a meal with about 40 students from Longfellow Elementary School and teach them the value of vegetables. The kids flocked to The Community Table, 320 Putnam St., to learn about — and taste — ingredients they may have never heard of before. Posted: Aug, 17 2018
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WEAU Pop-Up Pantries look to help those in need WEAU Pop-Up Pantries look to help those in need Posted: Jul, 31 2018
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Leader Telegram Pop-up nutrition: Area series of mobile food pantries begins Posted: Jul, 31 2018
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9-year-old girl creates fundraiser for Community Table, goes above and beyond Thank you Savannah! Posted: Jun, 01 2018
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Joy of giving: 9-year-old leads toy collection effort for Community Table Savannah Addis conducted a project, where her goal was to completely overhaul our current kids play area! This story demonstrates exactly how and why she went above and beyond our expectations. Posted: Jun, 01 2018
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The Informalist & Driftless Cafe for The Community Table Fundraiser January 11th, 2017 - Executive Chef Luke Zahm of The Driftless Cafe + Executive Chef Amy Huo of The Informalist get together to create an original farm-to-table meal at The Community Table. All proceeds go directly to The Community Table. Posted: Jan, 02 2018
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Skipping Meals: Dwindling donations mean Community Table may have to cut back on services For the more than 40,000 people who visit it annually, Eau Claire’s Community Table offers a simple but vital service: a hot, healthy meal available every day of the year. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Donations run thin for Community Table Time and money are on the minds of a non-profit dedicated to feeding thousands of people every year. The Community Table says an increase in guests and dwindling donations have them reaching out for help. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Bug Eyed Betty's lending helping hand to The Community Table An Eau Claire restaurant is lending a helping hand, after a cry for help from The Community Table. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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The Community Table names Eau Claire native as new executive director “We are looking forward to having Michelle Koehn lead our organization”, said Ben Franko, president of the board of directors. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Koehn appointed to help run The Community Table The former executive director of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is now helping to run a non-profit that helps provide meals to people who could use a little help. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Realtor group donates to Community Table The REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin donated $2,500 to the nonprofit. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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New director plans to bring the Community Table's funds "back into the black" Just weeks after sending out a desperate call for donations, the Community Table is announcing a new leader. Michelle Koehn is just settling into her new position, but she says she aims to put the non-profit back into the black. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Charter Bank donates $5,000 to Community Table Charter Bank has doubled their annual contribution to the Community Table to help fund their programming. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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Community Table's new leader believes kitchen can bolster funds and keep feeding the hungry When she arrived at the helm, Koehn inherited an operating Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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The Community Table in dire need of donations to keep up with service The Community Table serves more than 100 meals every day of the year. Franko said if they cannot get more donations, they might have to cut back on how many days they're open. Posted: Dec, 08 2017
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The Community Table changes serving schedule due to volunteer shortage Starting now through the beginning of September, they will provide a hot meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. instead Posted: Jun, 29 2017
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Community Table looking for more summer help As the summer months approach, the Community Table in Eau Claire is concerned about the number of volunteers they are seeing. Posted: Jun, 29 2017
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The Community Table Volunteers The Community Table relies completely on volunteer teams from the community to prepare and serve the hungry. Posted: Jun, 29 2017
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