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Take a seat at the longest table

The area has a chance to come together from all walks of life Sunday afternoon for a dinner in the street in downtown Steubenville.

It’s time for the Longest Table, a community outdoor dining experience aimed at raising awareness of hunger issues in the Ohio Valley, all part of Hunger Action Month in September.

Dinner will be served at 2 p.m., but organizers suggest that guests should arrive at 1 p.m.

The Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries, said it’s also a time for the community to be a community, for a sit-down, family-style dinner with a couple hundred of your fellow human beings.

Last year saw more than 270 fill the long table set up on North Street, outside the mission, which is at 301 North St.

The theme isn’t guilt and negativity. It’s rather about the theme of growing possibilities, which focuses on what’s good about the community.

All of us can be what’s good about our community by sharing time and talents and treasure.

And, a way to begin that sharing is to sit down to a meal with our fellow community members.

Locally sourced food and community garden vegetables are used in preparation of the meal, and there will be live entertainment, local artisans and urban crafters.

The fundraiser is a benefit for Urban Mission’s hunger ministries.

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