Each Tuesday in Downtown Fredericksburg, for fifty weeks out of the year, the food pantry The Table provides staples and fresh produce to the community. Those who attend do not have to prove need, as there are no poverty requirements or threshold—the pantry is open to all. I volunteer here each week from 5PM to 7PM and attended on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. On this day I helped distribute produce, as I usually do, but also interviewed Chris Cook, the lead grant writer of the operation, for this project; her answers have provided me all the information gathered on The Table presented in class and recounted in this paper.
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Oh my goodness, I cannot even explain how much I enjoyed reading your paper. I particularly appreciated how well you broke down the power dynamics; I feel like I really understand. I never really thought about religious aid and how it benefits the community without receiving any public funds.
And as a side note, I think it’s wonderful that the people who go to The Table are called shoppers. Poor people are so frequently dehumanized, and calling them shoppers is a way to offer a bit of dignity.