Giving Back and Keeping it Fresh

Steve Freuhauf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Before moving to 320 Putnam Street five years ago, the Eau Claire Community Table premade all of its meals for those in need. But the organization has since then started an initiative to make everything from scratch using fresh food each day. To continue this, those involved are looking to area residents for fresh donations.

Executive Director Rachel Keniston said the organization is always more than happy to accept any excess produce and other donations from the community for their meals. Last year, the Community Table handed out an average of 140 meals a day. This year has seen a slight decline, but the need remains nonetheless.

Providing proper nutrients for those in need is the ultimate goal, Keniston said. This is something that can be lost in packaging their meals. Thus far, the response from area residents has been very good. She said since reaching out, they have received a healthy amount of fresh produce, mainly lettuce and onions.

Those interested in donating should contact the Community Table at (715) 835-4977. Keniston said any time between 9am and 2pm on Monday or Wednesday-Saturday would be the ideal to come in and drop donations off.