How To Help


We depend upon our community to support our mission of addressing food insecurity and hunger by providing both volunteer hours and financial contributions.

Typically we need 2 or 3 folks to help out from 11 until 3:30, but some weeks we may need several more. New dining area From 3:30 to 6:30 we need folks to help with dinner service to our guests, and occasionally with jobs around the house. We usually need 4 to 6 folks during the second shift to help wait tables, fill drinks, plate food from the steam table, wash dishes, etc. Please wear closed-toe non-skid shoes, sleeved shirts, and restrain long hair. To reserve a spot on our volunteer schedule please call our Kitchen Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, Gary Wood, at 586.6782.

We also have other volunteer opportunities available with special events and we are often in need of maintenance and office help. Click here if you'd like to help in The Sylva Community Garden.

Please email us at or call us at 586.6782 for more information. Thank you!


The Community Table depends on donations from individuals, from you, to keep our doors open. As a relatively small organization we receive little in grant funding.

Financial contributions may be made safely and securely through the Donate Now button at the top of each page or by mailing donations to us at: The Community Table, P.O. Box 62, Dillsboro, NC 28725 or stop by and see us! Directions may be found on the About Us and FAQs pages. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

You can donate to The Community Table in honor of someone as a gift, anytime of year. You choose the amount, and we'll gladly send a special card acknowledging your generous gift to your chosen recipients. It's a meaningful idea for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weddings, or as a special thank you.

Food Drives

The Community Table has always depended upon in-kind donations of food. Over 90% of our food comes from our community. We need all kinds of food to be used in meal preparation and also to distribute to our clients in food boxes. We have seen a 600% increase in the need for food boxes since summer 2008, and that number is expected to grow. Please see our Wish List for ideas.

Shop at

Go to, enter The Community Table as your chosen charity, and shop hundreds of well-known and diverse stores online. Each time you make a purchase, a portion of your sale will be donated to The Community Table. Essentially, you can help us for FREE! You can find everything from photo prints to contacts to rental cars -almost anything you can think of- through Try it next time you're shopping online!

Just by doing an internet search using, powered by Yahoo!, you can help support The Community Table. Again, enter The Community Table as your designated charity and begin searching!

Shop at City Lights Bookstore
City Lights Bookstore

Shop online at the City Lights Bookstore using this link and a percentage of your purchase will go to support the Community Table.

Shop at The River Jordan Christian Store

The River Jordan Christian Store collects cash donations and non-perishable food items for the benefit of United Christian Ministries and the Community Table. Bring three non-perishable food items and get $1 off your purchase. More.

Blue Plate Special and Empty Bowl Fundraisers
Harrah's supports BPS

Please support us by attending our monthly BPS and our annual Empty Bowl fundraisers. Click on the Events page for more information.