Come to the Table


The Come to the Table project works with people of faith to relieve hunger and sustain local agriculture. The project’s leaders include farmers, farm workers, food pantry directors, community gardeners, ministers, public employees and lay leaders.

Come to the Table is a project of the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches and The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA). The program is supported by Duke Endowment.


The mission of Come To The Table is to relieve hunger and strengthen just and sustainable agriculture in rural North Carolina. We do this by engaging and mobilizing people of faith, farmers and communities.


We envision a future in which people working in partnership build strong, self-reliant communities where everyone can eat healthy, just and sustainable food.

Guiding Values

  • Respect: We honor the abundance of skills, creativity, wisdom and resources that communities possess to thrive and become self-reliant.
  • Diversity: Long-term solutions depend on the engagement of the entire community.
  • Collaboration: We believe in the potential of unlikely partnerships.
  • Justice: We believe that a holistic, integrated approach which seeks solutions that benefit all people is vital for achieving social justice.

Come to the Table Conferences

Since 2007, people throughout North Carolina have gathered together for regional Come to the Table Conferences. These full day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professionals and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. The conference includes plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities. The most recent series of regional conferences were held in 2015.

>> Watch the highlight video from Come to the Table 2015:

Come to the Table 2015 from RAFI-USA on Vimeo.

>>Watch more videos from the 2015 conferences.


>> Watch the highlight video from the Eastern NC conference:

2013 Come to the Table Conference Highlight Video – Eastern NC from RAFI-USA on Vimeo.

>> Watch more videos from the 2013 conferences