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Led by Medical Students, Project Feast Turns 30

December 06, 2019 | Patricia Fanning

In a tradition that has brightened Thanksgiving Day for three decades, second-year students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) organized Project Feast in West Baltimore on Nov. 28 to serve nearly 800 meals.

Like many of the Project Feast events that had come before, the 30th in a row took place in the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) building that houses Booker T. Washington Middle School and Renaissance Academy, a high school. And like many of its predecessors, Project Feast centered on an ample meal of turkey and trimmings served by smiling volunteers.

As usual, the helpers ranged in age from preteens to older adults, some drawn from University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) faculty, staff, and students and others drawn by word of mouth or holiday signups from within Baltimore and its suburbs. Volunteers who repeat their service year after year reappeared from the high school and from a Baltimore church.

At the tables, several families dined or encouraged their toddlers to enjoy the crayons and coloring sheets. At one end of the room, musician Kevin Robinson kept to a familiar playlist. More >

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