GCC to celebrate diversity with free community meal

  • HWANG

  • STEVENS

Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2019 6:25:22 PM
Modified: 11/15/2019 6:25:08 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College Dean of Humanities Leo Hwang says he believes that you can measure the quality of life in a community, at least to a certain degree, by the diversity of cultures represented in a city or town’s culinary options.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Cohn Family Dining Commons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the college and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County will create a free community meal, Come For Supper, that celebrates different cultures, traditions and ethnicities.

The family-friendly event will include games for children, music, dancing, information tables and lots of food representing Guatemalan, Egyptian, Thai, Puerto Rican, Korean, Mexican, Jewish, Senegalese, Tibetan and Indigenous cultures.

There will also be an opportunity for people from different communities and ethnicities to offer blessings and share their traditions.

“We are incredibly lucky in this region to have a wealth of locally grown food that feeds into a rich range of restaurants and caterers,” Hwang said. “People in Franklin County are hungry and eager to try new foods and meet new people, but sometimes in a rural region, it is hard to have the space to make that happen. We hope that Come For Supper will be one way to bring people together to strengthen our bonds of community.”

The idea for the collaboration emerged from a desire to highlight and celebrate the many cultures and ethnicities that are embedded in Franklin County and the surrounding areas, he said.

“As a member of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, it is an honor to work in partnership with GCC to celebrate the culinary and cultural diversity of this community,” the Rev. Kate Stevens said. “I look forward to a stimulating and delicious evening.”

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP online at gcc.mass.edu/supper.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.




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