NOON INTERVIEW: New director for The Community Table

Published: Feb. 7, 2020 at 10:55 AM CST
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TJ Atkins, the new Executive Director of The Community Table, talks about her goals for the organization.

News Release:

The Community Table announces new Executive Director, TJ Atkins.

“I am honored and delighted to lead The Community Table into a new chapter of the organization. I believe in the mission of TCT and know how vital it is to the Eau Claire community. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of our growing community and look forward to the new opportunities and partnerships to come.” TJ Atkins, Executive Director of The Community Table.

TJ is originally from Miami, Florida, but has been a resident of the Chippewa Valley for 20+ years and has worked with a number of partners in the area and serves on a number of community coalitions and committees. TJ is alumni of UW-River Falls and UW-Stout, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to coming to The Community Table, TJ worked as a Community Relations representative for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield covering 39 counties in Wisconsin by providing outreach services primarily for the Wisconsin BadgerCare Plus and SSI program.

"TJ Atkins brings a wealth of experience from her years at Health Department and Anthem. Diplomatic, pragmatic and effective, we are prepared to support TJ in carrying out The Community Table's mission and strategic goals to mitigate food insecurity to our most vulnerable population." says Pete Riley, President, Board of Directors for The Community Table. "TJ stood out with her exceptional professional credentials, community leadership positions and unquestionable dedication to feeding our neighbors in need."

The Community Table, Inc.

The Community Table, Inc. is a is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves approximately 40,000 meals in a calendar year. The organization’s mission is to serve hot, nutritious meals every day to those who need food and hospitality in order to abate food insecurity in the Chippewa Valley. In serving our daily meals, we are guided by our vision that The Community Table will be a model for integrated community- building where every person is valued and is treated with dignity and respect.