The Maryland Food Bank is a major force throughout Maryland and distributes enough food to provide more than 37 MILLION meals throughout the state annually. In 2010, they decided they wanted to do even more and started FoodWorks, a 12 week culinary training program with job readiness and placement support. They have prepared 200+ graduates for culinary employment since the program's inception.
The Maryland Food Bank is committed to targeting the root causes of hunger in Maryland beyond their major feeding operations. They are working with our Catalyst Kitchens consulting team in 2019 to widen their scope across Maryland.
“The secret sauce to our program is that we meet students where they are and match them to the opportunity that provides the best chance to start a successful career,” said FoodWorks Executive Director Tim Regan. “We know we can grow the operation to meet more of the need for talent in the culinary and hospitality industries in Maryland.”
Their success is a combination of hard work, dedication, and collaboration within the Baltimore community. They are one of the leaders of the Baltimore Ecosystem Initiative, a group of local foodservice job training programs working together to identify employer partners, areas of need, and opportunities to collaborate for their common cause. Involved programs include City Seeds, Moveable Feast, Living Classrooms, The Choice Program at UMBC, Paul's Place, and more.
We are excited to welcome them into Model Membership as they exemplify our three core values: empowerment through job training, the importance of community engagement, and sustainability through social enterprise.