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Local Food Connection
The Local Food Connection is a program, led by UMB's Office of Community Engagement, that works to support the economy of neighboring communities in West Baltimore by using institutional purchasing power.
Small but frequent catering purchases are an ideal way to build reliable revenue streams that help neighborhoods retain food businesses that hire local workers, improve local properties, and make food available to community members. And since UMB spends roughly $1 million every year on food purchases of less than $5,000 each, the University community is positioned to make an enormous impact on the local food economy.
To ensure that the program meets community needs, it is evaluated and co-organized by West Baltimore community members and organizations. Participating local small businesses receive access to training, technical assistance, marketing support, and other resources to help them succeed in selling food to buyers like you. To ensure accountability to the community, the program is governed by a coalition of community organizations, anchor institutions such as UMB, and neighborhood leaders.
Funded by the Baltimore Integration Partnership, the program originated as a joint project of the School of Social Work’s Community Action Network and three MSW students studying program management before it was adopted by UMB's Office of Community Engagement.
For more information, please contact:
Bill Joyner, Senior Economic Inclusion Specialist
Local Food Fair
The Office of Community Engagement presents the Local Food Connection Food Fair
Nov. 2, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
UM BioPark Conference Center
801 W. Baltimore St.
- Sample free food
- Learn more about local businesses that provide catering services
- Collect menus and coupons for your next event (while supplies last)
- Support businesses in Southwest Baltimore
- All vendors accept the ProCard