Getting the clothing could also be an opportunity to further empower the kids, by letting them to host their own old clothing/materials donation drives (and you could supplement it with your own donations/drives?)
I love this idea Ashley! I also read that NY Times article and upon reflection I think it's very true. Communities are isolated by their individual walls and food is something that could serve to bring people together regularly.
The social tables seem the most viable to me, as something like "advice for new parents" seems really easy and relatable -people will be willing to discuss and draw from their own experiences.
I'm wondering about the differences between a "challenge table" and a "social table". It seems like people coming together to discuss a community problems will be focused on problems of a social nature. So is the difference between a challenge and social table just that challenge tables are more high level, abstract problems? And social tables are for dispensing personal, family-focused advice?