David Allen

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David Allen works as a Program Coordinator in the Come to the Table Program. David was born and raised in Shelby, North Carolina, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Prior to joining RAFI-USA, David worked in a variety of fields including journalism, education, and parish ministry.

Mini-grants Available to Connect Faith Communities and Farmers of Color

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s (RAFI-USA) Come to the Table program (CTTT) is pleased to once again offer grants to support up to 20 rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina. CTTT will fund churches that are engaging in hunger relief with mini-grants of up to $2,000. These grants are funded by support from The Duke Endowment.

RAFI-USA Debuts Forsyth County CSA

Organized with Christina Benton of Janco Community Farms, Parkway United Church of Christ, SHARE Harvest, and the Wake Forest University community, RAFI-USA staff has led the formation of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) partnership in Forsyth County with more than 40 participants.

CTTT Peer Learning Event: Partnering With A Farmer

On November 2, the Come to the Table (CTTT) program hosted a peer-learning event for 2020-2021 mini-grant recipients. The event focused on the logistics and purpose behind faith communities creating and sustaining partnerships with local farmers of color.

Soul City Farm Blessing of the Land

On September 8, farmers and members of the Wake County CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project participated in a “Blessing of the Land” event at Soul City Farm and Event Space in Warren County, North Carolina.

RAFI-USA Grantee Spotlight: Bethany’s Table and Secotan Market

Wanchese, NC is a deeply historic, tight-knit community where over 1,500 people reside year-round. Community members and RAFI-USA grantees Nancy Gray, Eric Soderholm, and Ladd Bayliss have a passion to ensure that these year-round residents have access to the food they need. 

On the Road Again!

This summer, the Come to the Table team has been on the move! CTTT staff have visited 23 faith communities since May 1, all while following COVID-19 safety protocols.