The Grand Opening of the Mustard Seed Community Health in the Cottage Grove neighborhood on April 30th was ushered in by Episcopalians and Cottage Grove residents working together to create A Movable Feast. The A Movable Feast food truck and tent enhanced the celebrations put together in part by The Rev. Beth McKee-Huger who has served alongside the Cottage Grove community for many years. The Rev. Ken Kroohs, interim priest at All Saints, and Steve Hays, senior warden at St. Matthews Kernersville, brought volunteers to serve food for the celebration.

In the 1950’s Cottage Grove Avenue was a close-knit community, home to leading African American professionals and businessmen, but the name was changed to South English Street and deteriorating housing, distrust, poverty, and broken promises eroded hope and health. Now neighborhood residents come from many countries and are coming together to reclaim Cottage Grove as a vibrant healthy place to live. Nonprofit organizations and universities are supporting this revitalization with the opening of a community-centered health clinic, community gardens, preparation for employment, housing rehabilitation, and leadership development.

Mustard Seed Community Health announced a wonderful surprise: yesterday they were awarded a state grant to help cover the cost of providing primary care for uninsured patients – in walking distance of their homes.

At the Grand Opening of Mustard Seed Community Health, the A Moveable Feast tent sheltered the information tables for the neighborhood association, UNCG public health student, and Greensboro Housing Coalition.

Neighborhood children loved drawing on the sides of the food truck. They loved the strawberries, pizza slices, and bottles of water that Episcopalians served from the window of the truck! They also got a chance to taste new foods prepared by their neighbors from Vietnam and Burma. And were thrilled to take home bags of farm fresh spinach and chard.

A professional trucking company graciously donated time to bring the truck from Durham and to return it to Durham after the event.

With lots of hands these neighbors and friends created A Movable Feast–a banquet where all are welcome to celebrate and eat together.