On Sunday, Davenport’s Lafayette Park turned into a community dining room, as A Side of Kindness, a local non-profit, attempted to break the world record for world’s largest potluck.
Organizers say the potluck had 630 dishes, but came up short. According to the World Record Academy, the largest potluck party had 863 dishes and was set in February, 2012. Guinness World Records has the largest potluck party listed as 805 dishes from August 2011.
While they did not break a record, the potluck’s organizers feel they still won. Organizers say 742 people attended the potluck, including some who are homeless.
“They care, they feed you, it’s a great thing,” said Lee Graham, who has been homeless for four years.
“Thank god for people like this,” he added.
The food was served and prepared by volunteers.
“What better way for kids to see that it’s important to give back,” said volunteer Carolyn Young.
Angela Wilson, the founder of A Side of Kindness, organized the event.
“God has sent angels to me, when I’ve needed clothes or food, anything, so for me to be able to do it back and I don’t have much, but I have my voice and I’ve used it,” she said.
A Side of Kindness just celebrated a one year anniversary. The organization hopes to continue feeding people in the community.