In 2020 and 2021, Come to the Table offered mini-grants to more than 100 churches throughout North Carolina that responded to the increased hunger in their communities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These mini-grants provided funding to churches that purchased food from local growers or local restaurants to distribute in their community.
With support from The Duke Endowment, Come to the Table is excited to once again offer technical assistance funds to assist up to 20 rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina. This new round of mini-grants will provide funding to churches to purchase food from a local farmer of color. Because of RAFI-USA’s long-standing relationships with farmers, farmers markets, and faith communities throughout North Carolina, Come to the Table is uniquely situated to connect these groups in mutually beneficial relationships.
To be eligible to apply for these funds, churches must be United Methodist, rural, located in North Carolina, and eligible to receive funds from The Duke Endowment. Churches must use these funds to purchase food from a designated farmer of color to distribute to food-insecure community members.
A review board will make the final funding decisions. The grant application deadline is January 15, 2022, and applicants will be notified of funding decisions by February 15, 2022. Click here for more information and to apply.
Read below for stories of previous churches involved in our mini-grant program: