The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is inviting the public to participate in On the Table Southwest Florida on Oct. 17 in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

‘On the Table’ gatherings can be mealtime conversations at any point during the day. While eight to 12 guests at each table has been found to be an ideal number for everyone to have a chance to speak and be heard, the number of guests a host wants to invite is optional.

Gatherings can be co-hosted by local churches, businesses or nonprofits and everyone is encouraged to bring their friends or network peers. Those registered to host gatherings will be provided with tools and resources online and invitation template forms to track RSVPs.

The launch team at Southwest Florida Community Foundation will also be holding host training sessions and supplying host kits before the October event date.

On the Table has been started in over 30 communities across the country. The goal is to have a conversation about community issues.

To sign up to be a host, to attend a table gathering, or more information or to register to be a host, visit www.floridacommunity.com/on-the-table, email OTT@floridacommunity.com or call (239) 274-5900.