WHAT IS A COMMUNITY TABLE?
It’s a simple idea: bring people in our community together to share a meal, a conversation, and build common ground. Getting to know one another can lead to greater awareness and understanding, can begin to build trust, and form new relationships. Attendees are asked to embrace multiple viewpoints, welcome diversity, act with respect, and exercise active listening.
“1 in 6 suffer from food insecurity”
– White Paper on Building a Healthy and Just Local Food System, by the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, January 2018
“60% students of color, but only 29% of G&T classes”
– propublica 2018 (using VA school system 2018 data)
– US census (presumably 2010)
“Most difficult places to live”
– The New York Times, sourcing Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, “The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility” NYT article published in 2015
– 2014/15, reported in 2017 National Geographic/BlueZones Index
“3,300 people cannot afford housing/almost 2000 families spend more than half their income on housing”
– Partners for Economic Solutions Report 2018