Pensacola Dinner on the Grounds fundraiser confronts food insecurity

Jaime E. Love

Dinner on the Grounds is a concept that goes back to the 1930s in which communities come together to have a large potluck dinner, usually after a church service or revival. 

Now the same concept is being used to bring the community together to tackle food and nutrition insecurity in Pensacola with a fundraising event called Dinner on the Grounds from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday at 5eleven Palafox.

The idea originated from Peter and Katrina Mougey, who witnessing the racial reckoning happening in the country during the summer of 2020 and felt they needed to get involved. They wanted to make a meaningful impactful on an issue in Pensacola and once they did their research, they found out about food insecurity, especially among children. 

The Dinner on the Grounds fundraiser on Thursday will benefit the Heart of Pensacola program, which provides healthy foods to communities in food deserts or experiencing food insecurity.

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