'Love in action': Hundreds enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Breaking Bread community feast
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An advocacy group made sure everybody could grab a hot meal and warm clothes Thursday on Milwaukee's north side.
Hundreds attended the Breaking Bread Community Feast and donation drive, hosted by Dream Team United MKE.
Thursday's event was the fourth year of Breaking Bread, held in a heated tent near 35th and Center Street.
"It's love in action, right?" said organizer, Sequanna Taylor.
"Breaking Bread is simply fellowship, and fellowship is spending time with one another," said Rep. Dora Drake, of the 11th assembly district.
Along with a hot Thanksgiving meal, the event provided a donation drive with coats, warm clothes and groceries to take home.
"This is a time of us giving back to our community. We don't want anybody to feel stifled or feel embarrassed about anything. So come in, and we just love on you, and give you what we have," Taylor said.
Dream Team United MKE began Breaking Bread in 2019, with the purpose of bringing love and warmth to Milwaukee's north side, in a judgement-free zone.
"Usually when you hear about zip codes with the majority of people of color, you hear about destitute, poverty, you hear about the crime," Taylor said. "We want people to look at us and know that there's some positive things going on in our community."
A couple months of planning and a week of food prep proves to be worth it, with a spectacular turnout year-after-year.
"The facial expression of people who come through this tent sometimes makes us understand why we're really here," said Fanita Brooks, the founder of Dream Team United.
"It's important that we recognize that our own lives aren't just for ourselves. We're all impacted by one another and for each other," said Rep. Drake.
More than 50 volunteers helped this year's event come to life. As the team grows, organizers say the tradition will grow with it.
"Whether you have a family or not, come and join ours," Taylor said.
Dream Team United MKE's events are funded through donations and grassroots organizations.
To learn more about the group or to get involved, click here.