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Stevenson Center, congregate meals


In the span of human existence, a collection of needs have emerged that lead not only to our day-to-day and intergenerational survival, but also to higher potentialities such as creativity and happiness. The most basic of these needs are biological, namely food and water. Beyond these, we begin to develop more social and psychological needs. (Maslow 1943) These include feelings of belongingness, acceptance, security, social recognition, personal worth and accomplishment. There are few endeavors that alone can potentially satisfy this extensive range of needs; however, there is one social practice that, when performed habitually, can do a great deal towards fulfilling them. This is the simple act of sitting down with family, friends, or mere acquaintances to share a meal with one another.