Celebrating 25 years and a new space with Open House

Table to Table is kicking off a celebration of 25 years and fundraising for construction expenses with a free to the public Open House on Thursday, February 24, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at 1049 US-6 E, Iowa City in Pepperwood Plaza. Our celebration of 25 years is presented by MidWestOne Bank.

Take a walk through time as you tour our new space, learning our history through engaging displays and talking with those involved along the way. Tours will be in small groups and masks are required.

Frank Lalor receives baked goods from employee at Barbara's Bakery
Frank Lalor picks up a donation at Barbara’s Bakery, September 1996. Photo by Linda Schreiber

Founded in 1996 by a group of food providers, activists, and community members with an idea to redistribute an abundance of food, we had our beginnings operating from 700 square feet of space in downtown Iowa City, from which 12 volunteers rescued an astounding 50,000 pounds of food in the first year. 

Now, T2T has transformed into a distribution network of more than 100 volunteers rescuing 50,000 pounds of food each week and delivering it to recipient agencies that feed more than 20,000 Johnson County neighbors. 

Our new location in Iowa City’s South District neighborhood is closer to partner agencies that receive more than half the rescued food. A larger space also accommodates resource-sharing partnership with nonprofit Field to Family allowing our two organizations to share the space, basic operational expenses, and food refrigeration. 

Necessary renovations to the space include installing an overhead door and upgrading the plumbing and electrical lines to meet food warehousing standards, for which we need to raise $75,000. We are 32% of the way to our goal.

Checks made out to Table to Table can be mailed to PO Box 2596, Iowa City, IA 52244, or make a donation online.

Then & Now Table to Table Open House invitation