Inspired by the success of a grassroots program that fed schoolchildren during an unusually long 2010-2011 winter break, citizens from the Galesburg, Ill., area banded together to form the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.

Twice a month, volunteers from Knox College and the larger community organize free dinners in an open, friendly atmosphere in the basement of a Galesburg church.

"We are an additional resource for food and for community connection," says Peter Schwartzman, a KPCK board member. "We recognize that knowing people different from us has value."

Dinner crowds have grown as word has spread through the community.

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