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Community meal for 2,000 in St. Paul will span a half-mile on Victoria Street

The Sept. 14 event, sponsored by Public Art St. Paul, will feature locally grown foods and foster a discussion on food and culture.

Tables spanning a half mile along St. Paul’s Victoria Street will be needed to hold a community meal for 2,000 on Sunday, Sept. 14.

The free event is called Create: The Community Meal, and is sponsored by Public Art St. Paul and Seitu Jones.

The goal: Combine artistic vision, neighborhood unity and food justice together to celebrate the cross-cultural ritual of dining, importance of food access.

Jones worked with immigrant farmers from the Minnesota Food Association to prepare food for the meal. And residents along Victoria Street are hosting guests for the event.

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Organizers says that lowering barriers to making healthy food choices is a long-term, slow process, and they hope the dinner engages and builds “community networks, brings forward artistic experiences, and works deeply within the food system.”