Mark your calendar for these FREE events happening in January 2023
Scroll through the newsletter below to learn more.
All events take place at Community Table unless otherwise noted.
Don't Forget your Bags!
Beginning January 1, 2023, Colorado will begin charging 10 cents for each single-use plastic and paper bag used at checkout. The new law aims at preventing single-use bags and containers from polluting Colorado’s beautiful landscape.
You can avoid the new fee by bringing your own reusable bags when you shop. If you participate in SNAP and other similar programs, you will not have to pay a bag fee as long as you can provide proof to the store.
Food pantries are not required to charge a fee for bags, but we want to do our part by encouraging our shoppers to use reusable bags.
Please remember to bring reusable bags every time you shop in the pantry.
Winter Weather Reminder
If we need to close or delay opening due to inclement weather, we will post information on the following:
- Our website - cotable.org
- On our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages
Everyday Eats (formerly CSFP - Commodity Supplemental Food Program) is a food support program for qualifying Coloradans aged 60+ to help keep healthy food staples in their kitchens.
If you qualify for Everyday Eats, you can pick up your monthly package in our parking lot on the third Wednesday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Packages include rice, beans, cereal and canned goods with plenty of low-sodium and diabetic-friendly options. To make nutritious, complete meals, you can supplement this free program with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy by shopping in our Client Choice Pantry or using your SNAP benefits.
Transportation or Mobility Issues? You can designate family members or friends to pick up your Everyday Eats package.
To learn more about the program and see if you qualify, visit everydayeatsco.org or call 303-866-5097.
Dental Care Services
We've teamed up with No Smile Left Behind to provide compassionate, high-quality dental care.
No Smile Left Behind's state-of-the-art mobile office is an innovative and convenient way to receive dental services. Treatment is FREE with Medicaid, and most private insurance is accepted. Registration is required.
Date and Hours: Wednesday January 18, 2023 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Community Table
8555 West 57th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002
Dental care is provided throughout the day from 8 am to 5 pm. Please do not arrive before 7:30 am; be prepared to wait your turn. Patients are seen first come, first served, with emergencies taking priority. For the shortest wait times, visit in the afternoon.
CLICK HERE to learn more about No Smile Left Behind.
Help with Rent, Utilities and More
Are you worried about paying rent or utility bills? Need help applying for SNAP, Medicaid or other benefits? Have another emergency? We can help!
Walk-ins are welcome during pantry shopping hours.
For faster service, we recommend scheduling an appointment for one-on-one assistance by contacting:
Shannon: 720-437-6398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffco Help is Back
Help with benefit applications is closer and easier than you think!
An Eligibility Specialist from Jefferson County Human Services will be at Community Table twice a month to assist with public benefits applications for:
SNAP (food stamps)
Financial Assistance programs (TANF, OAP, etc.)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month from 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Upcoming Dates: - January 4
- January 18
Walk-ins are available on a space-available basis.
To schedule an appointment, please contact Shannon: 720-437-6398 or email@example.com
FREE Cooking Demos, Tastings and Classes
We've teamed up with Cooking Matters for delicious food tips, tricks and recipes!
A chef from Cooking Matters will be onsite demonstrating how to prepare delicious meals using TEFAP food and ingredients from our Client Choice Pantry.
FREE Cooking Demos and Tastings You don't need to register. Drop by any time during demo hours.
Thursday, January 19
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cooking Matters will also offer a live cooking class at Community Table. Adults participating in the cooking class receive a $10 grocery gift card.
FREE Cooking Class: Hack Your Snack This session will share tips for saving time when buying and preparing healthy homemade snacks, reading food labels, identifying healthier choices when choosing prepackaged snacks, and comparing unit prices to save money.
Registration required. Please use the link below to register.
Saturday, January 21
10:30 - 11:30 am
8555 West 57th Avenue in Arvada
CLICK HERE to register for the January cooking class: Hack Your Snack.
More Community Help and Resources
Check out these community resources for you, your family and even your pets!
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) The Affordable Connectivity Program helps eligible households receive a monthly subsidy for internet service. You may qualify for ACP if you, your child or your dependent participate in government assistance programs such as snap, Medicaid, WIC or other similar programs. LEARN MORE
Explorer Pass! If you get Colorado Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you and your family also get the Explorer Pass. You can get into many Denver area museums for $1-2. The Explorer Pass works at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, History Colorado Center and many other places! The Explorer Pass is built into your EBT card. Some places need reservations or have coupon codes you can use online. LEARN MORE.
FREE and Low-Cost Pet Food and Animal Supplies Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden provides free food and animal supplies (leash, litter box, litter, collar, etc.) for anyone in need through their Better Together Program. They also offer low-cost vaccine clinics on Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. Vaccines are $20 each, but they are happy to work with people on pricing if needed. To LEARN MORE and schedule a time to pick up food and supplies, call 720-407-5244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Laundry Services - NEW TIME
We've teamed up with Bayaud Enterprises to provide FREE laundry services!
The Bayaud Enterprises laundry truck will be at Community Table every Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm*. The truck provides a safe and private environment to wash your clothes.
We provide detergent, bleach, and dryer sheets for those needing laundry services.
Laundry Hours - Every Friday* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Last load of laundry at 1 pm
Location Community Table
8555 West 57th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002
NO SHOWER SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The shower truck is being repaired.
Community Table Health Clinic is Open
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR CARE TODAY
We’ve teamed up with the Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program to provide FREE basic medical care for uninsured and underinsured adults. Visit the Community Table Health Clinic to receive the same care a family doctor would provide.
Want to know more?Click hereto watch a video about the health clinic.
5:30 - 8:00 pm
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
* For adults only (18+) who do not have medical insurance or are underinsured. * Appointments are required to receive care.
* People experiencing homelessness are welcome to use the clinic.
* No documentation or residency requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bernadette at email@example.com or 720-437-6389.
Child Waiting Area is Open Again
We're happy to announce our Child Waiting Area is open again. Now, you can shop in the pantry and access other assistance while we watch your kiddos.
Our supervised children's play area is open:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:00 - 3:00 pm
- Second Thursday of the month: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Please do not leave children unattended in the play area
when supervised care is not available.
For more information, please call 303-424-6685.
NEW Onsite Motor Vehicle Services
We've partnered with DMV2GO to provide DMV services in our parking lot!
DMV2GO is the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles program on wheels that makes it easier for people to access motor vehicle services by bringing the DMV to them!
Issuing new Colorado driver's licenses and identification cards
Renewing Colorado driver's licenses and identification cards
Processing out-of-state transfers
Accessing motor vehicle records
Providing Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act services
Third Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Community Table Parking lot at 8555 West 57th Avenue in Arvada.
Checks, credit and debit cards only. No cash accepted.
- No ID, document or residency requirements.
- Drive up or walk up and pick up food boxes.
- Selection varies daily. Food boxes include fresh produce, canned and boxed goods, bread, meat, dairy products, milk and personal care items. - TEFAP is NOT available for box pick up.
Food Box Hours
Mon, Tue and Fri: Noon - 3:45 pm
Wed: Noon - 5:45 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
1st and 3rd Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Box pick up only. The pantry is closed on Saturdays.)
Our shelves are stocked with fresh produce, meat, dairy products, canned goods, bread and personal care items!
* Please bring a photo ID each time you shop in the pantry. For identification purposes only. We value your privacy and do not share your information without your okay.
* TEFAP is available when shopping in the pantry.
* If you need childcare, please plan to shop when our Child Waiting Area is open (See article in this newsletter for days and times)
* Only ONE shopper per family, please. If space is available, other family members may wait in our lobby.
* Volunteers are available to answer questions and help you shop.
* Shop in person and choose your food.
We’re adding text messaging to our communication tools to share important information with you quicker and easier.
Keep your family up-to-date on food resources and other assistance by providing your mobile phone number the next time you visit.
We promise never to share your personal information and only send text messages about timely matters such as unexpected closures, changes to open hours, special programs, food availability, etc.
We've Joined the Link2Feed Network
Connecting families to food and resources!
We’re partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies and joininghundreds of other food pantries in Colorado that use Link2Feed to help families get the food and resources they need quicker, easier and with fewer forms and paperwork.
In April, Community Table transitioned to the Link2Feed client registration system and started issuing barcoded pantry cards. The “barcode” is your ticket to accessing food and resources at Community Table and other Link2Feed pantries without completing more paperwork. Link2Feed offers convenient online registration and information and materials in English, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish and French.
Sharing basic information about your household can help make the Link2Feed network more robust and connected. The more information we have, the better services and resources we can recommend to help you and your family. And the collective data will help us better understand hunger in our community and develop much-needed programs and services. Link2Feed is safer than storing information on paper and has high-security standards similar to banks. All information is kept private and is never shared with the government or any outside party.
Your privacy is important to us. We do not share information with anyone unless authorized by you.
Next time you shop in our pantry, you can pick up books for your family!
Thanks to BookGive, we have books for all ages that are FREE to take home, keep and enjoy.
BookGive is a local book charity dedicated to sparking a lifelong love of reading by supplying the community with free books. They distribute new and gently used books from their service station to individuals, schools and nonprofits throughout metro Denver.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
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