Sunday Supper Aims to Bring Community Members Together
The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council is organizing the free Downtown supper as part of Pittsburgh Food Day.
It’s important for every person — no matter their socioeconomic status, cultural background, age, gender or disability — to feel welcome at the dinner table. The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council aims to draw attention to this challenge and foster a spirit of inclusiveness with Pittsburgh Food Day.
The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, formed in 2009, is a 65-member collective impact organization with a stated mission to help foster “a food system that benefits the community, the economy and the environment in ways that are equitable and sustainable.” The council draws members from for- and non-profit business, government and civic institutions and community-minded individuals in western Pa.
“Food Day is a national day of awareness started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s mean to center advocacy around the policies that surround our food system, most notably a healthy diet and a fair, equitable and sustainable food system,” says Dora Walmsley, the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council’s outreach and communications manager.
The highlight of Food Day (the PFPC is expanding the concept of “day” into a month-long celebration) is Sunday Supper: A Neighborhood Dinner, on Sunday, October 16. It's is a free-to-the-public, community dinner that’ll take place outdoors on Grant St. “We’ll have long tables, and everyone will be dining together,” says Wamsley, noting that the the Downtown road will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event.
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh and 412 Food Rescue are collaborating on a meal that will feature vegetarian chili, quinoa salad and bread baked on-site by Driftwood Oven.
“The goal of this event is to connect eating with civic engagement, and provide an opportunity to people who might be tapped into this work to widen the circle and [for them] to have opportunities to inform the action policies of our work. We’ve done a lot of outreach to immigrant and refugee communities,” says Walmsley.
There will be “food-themed performances” by the Center of Life's KRUNK! Movement, Hills and Rivers, and spoken word artist Grits Capone, plus live, on-site painting by artists Bilal Abbey, Clara Kent and Juliandra Jones. Hills and Rivers bluegrass band will provide music.
Tickets to the dinner are free, but advanced registration is requested.