The Community Table Project is a joint venture between Federated Charities, The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) and The Common Market Co-Op and is in its 3rd year in 2018. The initiative is designed for families being served by the Housing Authority. Activities of the project promote the following pro-health activities: whole food cooking (as opposed to convenience foods); the use of local, seasonal produce for families and individuals who may be eligible for SNAP benefits; increased use of the farmers’ market system in the Frederick community, and; encourage participation in communal food events as a means of establishing stronger community ties.
Monthly cooking sessions are designed to used seasonal produce and whole foods available locally and economically. In 2018, participants will receive weekly, free Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of fresh produce. Families who complete 4 sessions also receive a free crockpot, cookbook, YMCA 30-day membership and other incentives.
In 2017, the project served 19 participants and distributed more than 240 pounds of fresh produce and 43 dozen eggs.