The Honeywell Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation awarded The Table at St. George’s a $25,000 grant to support its ministry to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those challenged with food insecurity in the city of Fredericksburg and surrounding counties.
This grant came at a time when The Table was grappling with operational constraints and the increased needs of its clients due to COVID-19. In April 2020 when no longer able to safely distribute food from St. George’s parish hall, The Table leadership quickly expanded an initiative called The Table in The World, which provides low-contact deliveries of fresh produce, eggs and cheese directly to community sites and organizations that serve diverse clients in need. Many individuals who receive free food from TITW have health issues, transportation challenges, and/or mental health issues, in addition to limited finances. Making healthy food easily available helps to alleviate additional stress caused by the pandemic.
The Honeywell grant ensured the continuation of food deliveries directly to those in need, from November 2020 through January 2021, and strengthened St. George’s food ministry as it prepares to reopen The Table in Market Square on May 4, noon to 2 p.m. This socially distanced food pantry will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to neighbors in need.
A news release from The Table expressed gratitude for the support from The Honeywell Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation, which has provided financial support for the Table since 2013. The cost of operating TITW far exceeds the costs of operating the normal indoor food pantry.
In 2020, The Table and TITW gave away approximately $118,000 worth of food. Those served include the young and aged, the able-bodied and the physically challenged, the unemployed and many who are working one or two jobs but are unable to earn enough to adequately nourish their families. Food provided by The Table/TITW and other such food operations can make a significant difference in the amount of food available to the people of our community, many of whom receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The release Table leaders are grateful for all who support St. George’s efforts to improve the lives of people living with food insecurity.
More than 90 percent of funding for The Table comes from awards, donations, fundraisers, and grants. In-kind donations are provided by corporations and local businesses.