Community Tables needs funding

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mary Lacklen is doing all she can to avoid the worst case scenario.

“I’m hoping I have the money to feed the people I fed last year,” she said.

Lacklen is the director of Community Tables – an organization that feeds people in need on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2016 will mark Community Tables’ 30th year, but financial uncertainty is putting this year’s feasts in jeopardy.

The organization needs $25,000 in funding to feed the same amount of people it fed last year.

In 2015, about 5,000 people received a meal at each the Thanksgiving and Christmas events.

Over the years, attendance numbers have increased dramatically as food insecurity grows and because that the organization has had to spend more on food.

“In past years, we’ve had residual monies in January, but as the need has grown, we spent it all,” Lacklen said.

All of the money goes toward purchasing food.

The organization doesn’t rely on corporate sponsors, but rather individual donations.

Lacklen is calling on the Piedmont community for support.

“It’s an event that’s really important for our community and I just don’t want to see it fall by the wayside,” she said.

People can send donations to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Checks should be earmarked to say “Holiday Fund.”

People can also give online and select “Thanksgiving/Holiday Fund.”