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Englewood Pastor Grilling Up Hundreds Of Hot Dogs, Burgers In Effort To ‘Feed The Block’ — And Curb Gun Violence

An Englewood pastor is bringing the party back this summer. Donations are welcome.

Residents attending a "Feed The Block" event in 2017.
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ENGLEWOOD — Hoping to curb the summertime violence in the city while providing safe spaces for residents to enjoy the warm weather, the “Trap Pastor” Dwayne Grant and community group Increase The Peace Englewood are serving up dinner to the neighborhood Friday.

Feed The Block kicks off at 4 p.m. at the corner of 57th Street and Racine Ave., across from Moran Park. It runs until 7 p.m.

Billed as a fun, family-friendly event to “increase the peace,” Feed The Block will be the first of many events taking place this summer, according to anti-violence group Good Kids Mad City.

Grant and Ald. Stephanie Coleman (18th) started the event two years ago after the murders of three young men in the neighborhood. After taking a winter break, Grant said he’s ready to get the party started again, and plans to be out on the corner every Friday afternoon, rain or shine.

“We get about 50 to 100 people every week,” said Grant, who holds Sunday services at Xperience Church Chicago, 838 W. Marquette Rd. “It’s always a good time.”

Grant relies on donations to keep “Feed The Block” going throughout the summer. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips and other grill-friendly or picnic-friendly items will be gladly accepted.

For more information on how to help, contact Pastor Dwayne Grant at 312-576-2391.

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