Food for Our Front Lines Providing Free Meals for Second Year

April 13, 2021

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Dear Colleagues:
Last year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Office of Community Engagement established the Food for Our Front Lines initiative to purchase lunches for UMB’s essential front-line workers and support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of employees and community members donated to this initiative, and, as a result of their generosity, thousands of meals were served and numerous businesses survived.
A year later, we have adapted to telework and, thanks to the vaccines and physical distancing measures, have slowly been able to acclimate to this “new normal.” Behind the scenes, employees and students at UMB’s Vaccination Clinic at the SMC Campus Center have been working tirelessly to vaccinate University employees and community members. At the same time, community restaurants have had to find new ways to sustain business in the face of COVID-related restrictions.
With these two factors in mind, we’ve relaunched the Food for Our Front Lines initiative. This year, your donations will provide lunch to employees and students at UMB’s Vaccination Clinic at the SMC Campus Center. Each meal costs $13 and is ordered from local businesses at no cost to our front-line heroes.
I hope you will become a hero to our heroes in the Vaccination Clinic and to our valued restaurants in the community by making a gift to the Food for Our Front Lines initiative. To learn more and make a gift, please visit our secure online giving website here. No gift is too small.
Thank you for “shopping local” and for your generosity to the fabulous UMB Vaccination Clinic workers and students. 
Ashley Valis, MSW
Executive Director, Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives