I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Matthew 25:35
Table of Grace
Grace Presbyterian Church
The interior of Table of Grace food pantry with shelves of food and counters.

In the spirit of togetherness, Table of Grace works to end food insecurity and promote community in West Alabama.

Table of Grace is a client-choice food pantry where our food is displayed much like in a market and our neighbors select from available inventory. Choices vary month to month depending on food availability.

Our Location

Grace Presbyterian Church (USA)
113 Hargrove Road,
Tuscaloosa AL 35401


The Table of Grace pantry market will be open several days a week to meet the varying needs of our clients.

Tuesday 12pm-6pm

Thursday 12pm-2pm

Friday 12pm-2pm

Closed November 20-24 and December 25-January 1

Volunteers stocking the shelves in Table of Grace with food.

Volunteer with us

We believe that when we work together as a community to meet the basic needs people have, something beautiful takes place.

We need a steady array of volunteers to make this mission possible. Our food pantry has long worked with community volunteers who are not a part of the church. All are welcome.

Please join us on this journey! We need volunteers like you to:

  • Assist neighbors as they shop the pantry & choose their items
  • Help keep our pantry market shelves stocked
  • Assist with registering new neighbors, greet neighbors, and assist them with groceries to their car

For more information or if you are a group who wants to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinators, Brooke Peterson: bwbpeterson@gmail.com or Susan Donovan: sdonovan@law.ua.edu or, contact the church office: 205-758-1193; office@gracetuscaloosa.org.

Our Food

West Alabama Food Bank

Table of Grace is an agency of the West Alabama Food Bank.

West Alabama Food Bank
Shelves of food


Table of Grace accepts food donations from organizations and members of the community. For questions about donations contact the Food Pantry Manager, Jennifer Sheppard at bleux@yahoo.com.

Fresh Food

Table of Grace partners with individuals, farms, and other organizations to glean from the foods they produce.

In addition, beginning in the spring of 2024, the Table of Grace garden of raised beds and orchard will supplement the client choice marketplace.

pile of assorted varieties of vegetables

Our Values

  • Table of Grace is guided by the mission of Grace Presbyterian Church: Celebrating Christ’s universal love, we seek to do justice, embrace kindness, and walk humbly with God.
  • Table of Grace’s primary objective is to ensure that those who are hungry have food. “I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25: 35 CEB)
  • Table of Grace is guided by these beliefs:
    • Feeding people should always involve dignity and human connection.
    • People deserve to have agency over what they eat, when, and how.
    • Together we are stronger: we collaborate with individuals and organizations seeking to amplify their impact in tackling food injustice.
    • Education is a mutual and essential element of expanding food justice work.
    • Community is ever-evolving, inclusive, and expansive.
    • Beauty, peace, and conversation guide our aesthetic and programming.

Our History

When Grace Presbyterian church formed from the merger of University and Covenant Presbyterian Churches, the newly formed congregation began envisioning its new identity and its new priorities. Quickly, it became clear that the first major area of growth the church wanted to invest in was finding a way to expand its long-standing, vibrant food ministry. Thus, began the work to build a new building dedicated to an expanded food market with client choice: Table of Grace!

Table of Grace as it exists today began as Deacons Food Pantry, a collective effort on the part of members of then-University Presbyterian Church to give emergency bags of food to families and individuals on an as-needed basis. In 1996, the program was formalized under the leadership of a team of deacons, and they became an Agency of the USDA-accredited West Alabama Food Bank. Distribution grew from limited to twice a month, nine months out of the year.

After Cathy C. Hoop joined the church as pastor in 2013, the program saw increased interest, and a professional was hired to manage the food pantry. In 2015, the Pantry relocated from its original location in a closet at University Presbyterian to the Covenant Presbyterian campus. The added parking and dedicated space enabled it to expand to year-round distribution. To signal the new partnership, the name was changed to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in January 2016.

University Presbyterian formally merged with Covenant Presbyterian to form the new Grace Presbyterian Church in January 2017. Table of Grace opened in its new building at Grace Presbyterian in the fall of 2023.

Our People


Jennifer Sheppard

Food Pantry Manager


Ann Weeden

Food Pantry Committee Chair



Emily Altman

Mission, Peace, & Justice Chair



Brooke Peterson

Volunteer Coordinator



Susan Donovan

Volunteer Coordinator


Table of Grace Food Pantry Committee

  • Ann Weeden, Chair
  • Jennifer Sheppard, Food Pantry Manager
  • Emily Altman, Mission, Peace, & Justice Chair
  • Susan Donovan, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Brooke Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Natalie Adams
  • Cathy Andreen
  • Nancy Dupree
  • Linda Grote
  • Madeleine Hill
  • Sherry Kimbro
  • Gary Minder
  • Rebecca Minder
  • Gillie Presley
  • Linda Roberts
  • Polly Sanders
  • Ruthie Sherrill
  • Annabel Stephens

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