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Meal program bridges cultural divisions, 1 plate at a time

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/24/2017 By NATALIE POMPILIO, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A yearlong program at Philadelphia's historic and popular Reading Terminal Market is bringing people of different backgrounds together to share meals from their cultures.

Organizers say "Breaking Bread; Breaking Barriers" was created to connect groups that might have divisions — whether black or white, old or young — to create positive and common feelings with the help of good food.

The market's general manager says people cooking and eating together happens daily, but not often across social boundaries.

During the most recent gathering, residents of the city's Chinese and Mexican communities enjoyed dinner with members of the Philadelphia Mummers Association.

On the menu were Chinese dumplings, Italian-style roast pork and a Mexican chicken dish.

The program was established with a grant from the non-profit John S. and James L Knight Foundation.

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