Our mission is to create economically stable families on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
We're tackling this through job training programs, culinary & nutrition education, addiction prevention, and community engagement.
Job training & education programs centered on agriculture and addiction prevention
An venue with multiple options for weddings, meetings, fundraisers, and private parties
Processing & distribution of healthy, local foods to institutions and meal delivery services
Farm-to-table restaurant located within a working greenhouse
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the purpose of this project?
The purpose of Chesapeake Food Connection is to create economically stable families on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Every aspect of the project will include a job training or life skills component. Students and justice-involved individuals will learn a trade that will provide them with a stable career path. Families and students will learn the fundamentals of cooking and nutrition, as well as table manners and the value of sharing meals as a family.
What is Farming4Hunger?
The mission of Farming4Hunger is to feed the hungry and help feed the soul. Hunger comes in many forms. Healing the mind, body, and spirit is at the core of what Farming4Hunger does.
Who is served by this project?
The Chesapeake Food Connection project serves many parts of the Caroline County community and broader Eastern Shore region:
Students and schools (elementary, middle, and high school)
Adults with disabilities
Senior citizens and home-bound individuals
Local businesses in the food & hospitality sector
Institutions (higher education, hospitals, prisons, etc.)
Civic organizations and non-profits
Community members and local residents
Is Chesapeake Food Connection a non-profit?
Yes, this project is a partnership between Chesapeake Culinary Center and Farming4Hunger, both of which are registered 501(c)3 non-profits. The purpose of this project is to provide job training, employment, and education opportunities to the Eastern Shore community.
Who owns the project?
This project is part of Farming4Hunger and Chesapeake Culinary Center. Both entities will own and operate the property that becomes the project's permanent home. F4H will implement their proven model for youth education and inmate rehabilitation. CCC will expand upon their successful job training and education programs.
How will the project sustain itself?
We are designing this project to be self-sustaining through various program revenues. These include:
Venue rentals and event fees
School field trip fees
Sales of processed local produce to institutions throughout the region
Sales of complete meals to food delivery services such as Meals on Wheels
Class and program registration fee
Will Chesapeake Food Connection be open to the public?
Yes. The event venue will be available for weddings, fundraisers, corporate retreats, and other events. We will also occasionally host special programs or classes that are open to the general public. The restaurant will be open to the public as well.
Will there be a lot of traffic and noise?
It is very important to us to be good neighbors! We are not planning any programs or activities that will result in excessive noise or traffic. Field trips will take place during regular school hours, and will be primarily contained to the buildings and grounds near the Education Center. Classes and programs that take place in the evenings will be small with an average class size of 20 participants. The event venue will be positioned to minimize noise and disruption to surrounding properties. Finally, the restaurant will have limited hours and a fresh, farm-to-table menu.
Will there be training for inmates? How will you keep the community safe?
A key goal of this project is to prepare justice-involved individuals for a stable and successful life upon their release. Reducing recidivism has immense benefits to the community, including lower costs to taxpayers and improved community safety.
How do I get involved? What can I do to support the project?
As we move forward, we'll be providing information about how you can volunteer and get involved. We'll also be pursuing a fundraising campaign to help with development costs. Please stay tuned for more information. If you would like to make a gift to support the project now, please contact us and we'll get back to you right away.
Who do I contact if I have a question?
The best way to reach us is through our online contact form. We'll get back to you within two business days once you submit your question.
Chesapeake Food Connection is a partnership between Chesapeake Culinary Center and Farming4Hunger. Both organizations bring their expertise and proven track record to the project. We are also supported by a dynamic team of local advisors, farmers, and partner organizations.
Advisory Team & Project Partners
STAFF & CONTRACTORS
Julie McMahan Thomas
We have a strong network of partners in Caroline County and beyond, including:
Criminal justice & law enforcement
Meal delivery services
Local Management Boards
Private businesses, including farms
Please use our contact form if you have any questions or comments. We'll get back to you within two business days.
Thanks for visiting!