'The Longest Table' goes a long way in bringing Tallahassee together

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 27, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Over 100 different households across the City of Tallahassee hosted guests from all different walks of life Sunday evening.

The Longest Table initiative competed for a Knight Communities Grant and it was selected as one of the 37 projects to receive funding in hopes of sharing ideas that will help build Tallahassee's community.

In an effort to bring people of all ages, races and genders together, over 800 people in the city broke bread and initiated conversation on how to improve the lines of communications from different areas.

"I think sitting around a table and sharing a meal really breaks down barriers and really helps people get to know each other and see each other as people, versus some nameless, faceless, stranger that might be different than they are," Rachel Pienta said.

Pienta hosted just one of the many dinners throughout the city Sunday.

During a time when the city was seeing a highlighted level of crime, Mayor Andrew Gillum knew that this was an innovative and creative way to brainstorm on how to make the community a better one?

"Ideas come in all ways from different times people and that's what tonight is about," Gillum said. "Trying to welcome those ideas, that creative energy, and trying to build momentum in this city around how we come together as a single community."

This initiative aims to strengthen relationships and unite citizens to enhance the quality of life in Tallahassee.

Eloise Johnson was a guest at a dinner and says that the event helps bring people together.

"I think to put efforts like this really does help those and it's good to know that there are people thinking about others in their time of need," Johnson said.

Gillum says that the event will continue in the Fall, with one table setting, continuing the moment of bringing everyone together to share ideas and backgrounds.



 
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