Come to the Table Technical Assistance Center

Come to the Table’s Technical Assistance Center connects food access organizations with providers who are able to offer expertise to build organizational capacity.

What types of projects can Come to the Table’s Technical Assistance Center support?

  • Attendees from Come to the Table’s Food, Faith, & Justice Gatherings
  • Duke Endowment Grantees
  • Fellowship Program participants
  • Faith‐based organizations addressing food insecurity
  • Secular hunger relief projects seeking to incorporate support or participation of the faith-based community
  • Farmers, farmer organizations, farmers markets or food entrepreneurs working on projects to increase access to healthy foods, including those seeking to partner or engage with faith‐based organizations

What are the goals of Come to the Table’s Technical Assistance (TA) Practice?

  • Participants achieve greater impact in their food ministries as a result of technical assistance
  • Food ministries target efforts and resources in support of effective projects that address underlying issues and, where possible, effectively integrate entrepreneurship models for increased sustainability
  • Increased capacity of faith-based projects and other community-based projects, as evidenced by improved performances
  • Opportunity for collaboration among different organizations providing TA

 What kind of assistance is offered?

  • “Traditional” TA provided by nonprofit professionals
  • Peer learning from local experts (farmers, those running successful projects)
  • Strategic learning opportunities: for example, support for racial equity or facilitation trainings, etc.
  • Mini grants where appropriate as part of a TA project

What are some of the Technical Assistance topics that Come to the Table can provide, refer, or support?


  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Collecting quantitative data
  • Collecting qualitative data
  • Data analysis and/or Excel

Board Development

  • Engaging/training board members
  • Recruiting new board members


  • Creating a fundraising plan
  • Grant-writing
  • Individual donor programs
  • Business sponsorships
  • Fundraising events
  • Crowd-funding
  • Revenue generation

Community Gardens

  • Starting a community garden
  • Production skills (growing techniques)
  • Permaculture

Other Areas

  • Project Planning
  • Agricultural Enterprise Consultation
  • Business Planning
  • Creating an Outreach Plan
  • Building partnerships
  • Culturally competent messaging
  • Conflict Resolution/ Problem Solving
  • Farmers Market/Faith Community Collaboration
  • Implementing SNAP at a farmers market
  • Implementing a matching incentive program at a farmers market
  • Using faith-based language to talk about justice or environmental stewardship
  • Racial equity training
  • Building a website

Come to the Table Technical Assistance Process

If you are interested in learning more about CTTT’s Technical Assistance Center, please contact Michelle Osborne, the Come to the Table Program Manager for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships at [email protected] or 919-704-6920.

RAFI-USA staff are currently working remotely. As we plan for how COVID-19 will change both how we do our work, and what work needs to be done, please know that we are still here. Our Farmer Hotline (866-586-6746) will operate from Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Stay tuned for more updates and information.