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For the last 40 years, Community Table’s mission continues to be “a community in which people have access to food and resources to foster self-sufficiency”.

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Founded in 1982 by concerned citizens, the Arvada Food Bank began distributing food to hungry families from a small house. Thanks to our volunteers and supporters, we’re now the Community Table, and we’ve grown in size and scope to be one of the largest emergency food assistance providers in the metro Denver area.

We now serve neighbors in need across the northern Denver metro area, including Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Westminster, Thornton, North Denver, Federal Heights and surrounding communities. Our dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers work together to feed and provide support and resources for thousands of struggling families.

Food. Help. Hope.

Providing food is still our core mission, but our support for those in need now extends far beyond. In 2014, we added a “hand up” to our mission by adding assistance programs and resources struggling families need to lift themselves out of poverty—including emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, public benefits application assistance, a client computer room and more. In 2019, we began hosting shower services for people experiencing homelessness, and we opened an onsite health clinic for underinsured and uninsured adults. Most recently, we’ve added laundry and dental services and even cooking programs for those on a budget.

With your continued support, we know we can do even more to help our neighbors in need.


Sandy Martin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sandy was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Table in June 2013. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and governmental human services management.

Rocky Baldassare

Director of Food Programs

Promoted to Director of Food Programs in 2020, Rocky graduated from Colorado School of Mines in May of 2014 with a degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Leanne Cadman, CFRE

Director of Communication and Resource Development

After more than 18 years with the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Leanne joined Community Table in July 2018 as Director of Development.

Shannon MacDonald

Interim Manager of Assistance Programs

Shannon began volunteering at Community Table in October 2019 after retiring from the insurance industry with 27 years of service. During her insurance career, she volunteered at many organizations. In the fall of 2021, Shannon put her years of volunteer experience to work when she transitioned to the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

James Normandin

Manager of Food and Safety

James joined Community Table in 2019 as a contractor to assist with pandemic-related safety procedures. He became a full-time staff member in October 2020. James currently serves as Manager of Food and Safety, overseeing our Feeding the Future and volunteer safety programs.

Bernadette Velasquez

Administrative Assistant

Bernadette has an Associate’s degree in Legal Office Management, graduated with honors Summa Magna Cum Laude from Denver Business College, and also has a TESOL Certificate from the University of Colorado Denver.


Community Table Updates

Making Better Connections

We’re partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies and joining other hunger-relief organizations in Colorado that use Link2Feed to help families get the food and resources they need quicker, easier

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Community Table Updates

March is National Celery Month

Arvada was once known as the Celery Capital of the World! Celery is eaten around the world as a vegetable. It’s related to carrots, fennel and parsley and can be

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Community Table Updates

Hunger and Mental Health

Being hungry during the pandemic had more impact on mental health than losing a job. It’s no surprise that hunger can lead to anxiety, depression and stress. But several recent

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Community Table Updates

Feeding the Golden Years

In Colorado, 7.5% of older adults face hunger, forcing them to choose between purchasing groceries or paying other expenses. After a lifetime of working, many older adults who looked forward

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We value total transparency and accountability. Please use the links below to review our most recent financial information, annual report and other documents of interest. Questions about our financial reports can be directed to Sandy Martin, CEO, at smartin@cotable.org.

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