Rockbridge County: Community Table reopens for private dining

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A community table for in-person dining reopened Monday at the Rockbridge Area Aid Association building after more than two years of offering takeout only.

Modeled after the Community Table of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, TCT Rockbridge serves as a point of contact between those in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County who are at risk of hunger and others who are able and willing to help. The dining room is open to all, regardless of need, hence the name, The Community Table.

The menu is primarily determined by what proteins and vegetables are available. The restaurant is staffed by volunteers who wait tables, serve food and take on any other duties necessary for the weekly operation.

TCT offers private meals every week, including Mondays at 6pm and Wednesdays at noon.

Both locations will be at 350 Spotswood Ave in Lexington.

TCT will continue to offer takeout options, including Fridays at Fairfield Presbyterian starting at 10 a.m.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome visitors to sit at the table,” said Kate Gordon, The Community Table’s board president. “While we’re grateful that the community continues to visit us for takeout, there’s something special about dining in person.”

In addition to the re-opening, other exciting additions to The Community Table facility include a new refrigerator, a new hot box, an industrial microwave and a new stove. Generous donors, including Grace Episcopal Church, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the Rockbridge Carillion Health Foundation, made these new additions possible.

TCT serves about 200 meals a week from products that can be obtained from Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Rockbridge Area Relief Association, Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee and other donors of the region.

In 2021, TCT issued 3,403 meals.

After the meal, patrons can leave a cash or check donation in the donation box near the exit.

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