Feb 24 2021

Serving During Covid

Despite covid-19 challenges, we continue to prepare take out dinners on Tuesday evenings for those in our local area who would like them.

Each week, one or more different organizations come together to prepare and serve the meal. Here are some pictures from our January 19th CDT dinner. This particular week was a teaming of Christ’s Country Cowboy Church of Blackfoot, and the Northwest Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to provide & prepare the food.

We are grateful to each organization who steps up and helps to serve the needs of our community through our Community Dinner Table.

Here are some more pictures from that particular evening. You can click on each to see it in a larger size.

Dec 22 2020

Christmas Food Boxes 2020

Monday, December 21st cars were lined up in 3 rows at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds as they waited for the distribution of the Christmas food boxes to begin. Because of covid-19 precautions, the distribution was a bit different this year – drive through only. But due to the generosity of so many in our local community, we were able to share much needed food with financially challenged in our community.

There was a lot of food to distribute, but a well organized effort behind the scenes made it flow pretty smoothly. Boxes of non-perishables were prepared for distribution ahead of time.

Bags of fresh produce and other perishables like eggs were bagged up that day (thank you, Grasmick Produce Company for your donation and for staying to help with unloading other things!):

Donations of turkeys (thank you Blackfoot Heritage 6th Grade School for your donation of 150 turkeys and over $8500 in cash, and thank you Tadd Jenkins for your donation of over 100 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of food), potatoes (thank you Liberty Gold Potoato Company), and other foods were lined up outside in the cold, ready to be handed out:

Volunteers each had their assignments for loading food into the cars as they streamed through:

We are so grateful to all of those who donated time and food to enable all in our local area to have a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 15 2020

‘High Five’ Mayor’s Walking Challenge Donation

Left to Right: CDT Board Member Lee Hammett, Blackfoot Mayor Marc Carroll, President CDT Jackie Young, Blackfoot Police Chief Scott Gay, Blackfoot HR Director & Public Information Officer Lisa Tornabene

At 11 am on Tuesday, December 15, Mayor Marc Carroll and other representatives from Blackfoot City Hall gathered at the Blackfoot Community Pantry – 245 W. Sexton Street in Blackfoot – to present a $1000 donation that Mayor Carroll earned from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc.

For the last several years, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health has sponsored the “High Five” Mayor’s Walking Challenge in October – a chance for Idaho mayors to earn funds for their community by setting a great example of being physically active.

In years past, for each mayor that has averaged a total of 10,000 steps per day in October, the foundation has donated $1000 to a local program or project of the mayor’s choice that encourages children to be physically active.

This year the challenge was modified a bit because of COVID-19 concerns. Instead of requiring an average of 10,000 steps per day in October, the number was dropped to an average of 5000 for a total of 155,000 steps for the month. In addition, mayors were given an additional category of programs they could choose for their donation to support – local community COVID-19 relief efforts.

Our very own Blackfoot Mayor Marc Carroll, was one of 76 mayors across the state to complete the challenge. He went above and beyond by averaging approximately 8000 steps per day (approximately 248,000 steps) for the month of October. The board members of Community Dinner Table Inc. (parent organization of Blackfoot Community Pantry), congratulate Mayor Carroll on this achievement and gratefully accept this donation on behalf of those we serve in this community.

Dec 09 2020

2020 Christmas Food Boxes – coming December 21st

What: Christmas Food Boxes

Where: Eastern Idaho State Fair Grounds

When: Monday, December 21 – 11am to 2pm

We look forward to once again being able to provide food for Christmas for our friends and neighbors who are struggling financially. This year, due to covid precautions, our Christmas food boxes will be prepared ahead of time and ready to go directly into your car – drive-through fashion – one box per address. Just come with space prepared in your vehicle for us to place your box. If you have any questions, please contact us at 208-557-4286.

PLEASE NOTE: This takes the place of our normal food distribution, so the food pantry will be closed on December 23rd.

We are very grateful for the support of so many in our community who have made this food available for distribution, including:

6th grade complex

Groveland Elementary

Riverside Elementary

Tadd Jenkins

Kesler’s

NW Farm Credit

First American Title

Title Financial Corp

LDS Humanitarian Services

Oakdell Eggs

Isoms Apples

And many more.

THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Dec 02 2020

Thank You Brown Family!

Norma Brown, was a familiar face at our CDT Tuesday dinners.  She and her husband, Verle, were some of our original attendees.  They came and ate and visited with friends each week.  When Verle passed, Norma was accompanied by one of her five children.

When Norma passed away, her five children decided to honor her memory by making a substantial donation to the Community Dinner Table, which will help us continue the important mission of feeding those in need and providing a place for community members to meet together and socialize.

The CDT is a nonprofit and donations made are tax deductible.

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