BROOKINGS – What better way to celebrate the diversity of a growing community than by sharing the foods that remind residents of their homes near and far?

The public is invited to attend a diversity potluck and food drive from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center, located on 22nd Avenue across from Wal-Mart.

The potluck will feature dishes from an array of ethnic and international origins. 

Those attending are asked to bring a food item (hotdish, salad, bread, or dessert) that is representative of their heritage. Table service, chicken, coffee, punch and water will be provided. Additionally, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable donation for the local food pantry.

“Besides enjoying delicious food, the diversity potluck is an excellent way to learn about your fellow Brookings residents and their heritage,” said Lawrence Novotny, a member of the Brookings Human Rights Commission, the sponsor of the diversity potluck.  

Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in a diversity bingo game.

The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. 

The commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services. The commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community. 

For further information, contact Novotny at 605-691-9129, or

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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