Food for Thought

“We are part of the learning process with the kids, because a child cannot learn if they’re hungry. So we give them the nourishment they need in order for their brain to function.” -Sheila Alston

The Baltimore Museum of Industry and Baltimore City Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department are partnering to raise awareness about childhood hunger in Baltimore.

Every day, Food and Nutrition Services employees provide more than 88,000 meals to students and families. Food for Thought honors the frontline food service workers who have continued to nourish Baltimore students throughout the pandemic.

A temporary exhibition at the BMI will feature original portraits by photojournalist J.M. Giordano of Food and Nutrition Services employees in their workplaces as well as audio portraits produced by Aaron Henkin of WYPR. See a bit more about the project here, and stay tuned for more information in 2022.

Supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, this project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional support from McCormick and Co.

Have questions? Contact Auni Gelles: agelles@thebmi.org.


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