Since its inception in 2008, the Community Dinner Table, Inc. (CDT) has, through God’s grace, become a force for stewardship in Bingham County.  Our mission is “to reduce hunger in Bingham County.”  CDT is a a 501(c)3 organization.

Contact Us

We can be reached through the following ways:

Phone: 208-680-8534


Mail Address: Community Dinner Table – P.O. Box 661 – Blackfoot, ID 83221

CDT Background

Learn more about how Community Dinner Table was first started when two neighbors started talking

CDT Board of Directors

See the individuals currently serving as CDT Board of Directors

President’s Message

Jackie Young, current president shares her experiences, background and wishes for CDT in the years ahead

News and Recognition

CDT has been recognized locally and at the state level. See stories of some of the recognition given to the organization and team members.

Our Mission

1.  Reducing hunger in Bingham County by providing wholesome food to those in need through the CDT fall dinner program and through food distribution programs like the Blackfoot Community Pantry (BCP) project;

2.  Developing and implementing solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy through such activities as the Blackfoot Community Garden (BCG) project;

3.  Creating an environment for older residents in need of social interaction by making safe and wholesome dinner environments available to the aged; and,

4.  Promoting creative and productive teamwork between all faith groups in the County to increase the availability of resources and to build stronger and more meaningful inter-faith relationships.

Economic Impact to the Community

Community Dinner Table, Inc. (CDT) is a non-profit organization comprised of faith groups and friends working together to reduce hunger in Bingham County.  CDT’s more encompassing mission includes:

More About Us

The nature of Bingham County and the economic turmoil we are facing have provided a “perfect storm” of need.  Our calling is to ride out that storm by offering a hot meal every Tuesday night at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church (JLMUMC).  We are an organization comprised of 22 different faith and “friend” organizations in Bingham County.  The goal of CDT is to feed individuals and families who are having problems putting food on their tables.  The “faith teamwork” is truly a wonderful residual outcome that benefits the community.

Since its inception in 2008, the Community Dinner Table, Inc. (CDT) has, through God’s grace, become a force for stewardship in Bingham County.  Our mission is “to reduce hunger in Bingham County.”  CDT is a a 501(c)3 organization.

During our first nine years of operation:

  • We served more than 60,000 meals
  • Christmas Baskets fed nearly 350 families each Christmas season – a total of another 2,800 meals each year.
  • Our Community Garden provided a way for those who have been receiving meals to grow their own food – completing the stewardship circle.
  • The Food Pantry served an average of 7,550 lbs. of food to 150 families each month.

And these numbers have only increased as we’ve continued with our mission to serve the hungry here in our own back yard.

Community Feedback

This is about doing good and its unintended and unexpected consequences.  On a recent Tuesday evening I was sitting at a Community Dinner Table weekly dinner.  I had been there before, serving in different capacities.  Looking around the Fellowship Hall at Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church, I watched as at least two extremely important things were taking place.  First, anyone who was hungry for food or companionship had a warm meal and warm hearts to share it with.  Second, people who were serving together, enjoying one another’s company, probably would not have been doing this ten years ago.  CDT didn’t exist then. 

I moved here in 1981 and became involved in community efforts to pass bonds for the benefit of school repair and additions.  The last one was to add on to Blackfoot High School.  There have been other issues I’ve been involved with as well.  To obtain support for these causes I was surprised and concerned that planning sessions had to account for community differences and divisions that had nothing to do with the decisions to be made for the common good.  There were walls that existed between neighborhoods, religions, ethnicities, political affiliation…the existence of these walls wasn’t a jaw dropper, but the assumption made that there was no way to reach over, around or through these differences was just that.  There was little common ground.  When the Snake River overflowed, flooding businesses and homes, we came together as a community.   The walls were temporarily taken down.  I met good people filling and placing sandbags I had not known.  The fellowship I felt with them encouraged me.  But it didn’t last.  When the flood waters evaporated so did most of the benefits of coming together. 

In contrast, The Community Dinner Table has brought the community together powerfully and with more staying power than did the floods.  The goal of CDT was to feed people.  The unintended consequence was to unify our community to do something good, and to do it for the right reasons.  It has brought people together who hadn’t worked cooperatively before.  There was a need and it was filled.  Simple as that.  It’s scarcity that will always be with us.  My personal involvement with CDT started as way to help hungry and lonely people.  I received much more in return than I gave.  What I’ve gained in respect and understanding for different faith groups, businesses, and individuals is of real value.  Based on past experiences, I didn’t expect to make lasting new friends, but I did.  It was all unintended.  So, my thanks to those who had the vision and tenacity to bring us together.  You have made a big difference.  Thank you, Community Dinner Table! — Doug Eddington