Helping Our Daily Bread Provide Plant-Based Meals
The Physicians Committee worked with Our Daily Bread—a Baltimore-based, low-income service center—this summer to create plant-based recipes for its lunch program that serves 600-700 people daily.
The tasty and healthful recipes that were tested in a five-week pilot program featured affordable, simple, and easy-to-find ingredients: a veggie burger with a six-vegetable side dish and fresh fruit salad; rice-and-veggie wraps with carrot-and-raisin salad; and three-bean salad with fresh fruits and vegetables. Based on the popularity of these items, a lunch option will now be offered daily.
The Physicians Committee followed up with an education session that included vegetable wraps, vegan chocolate mousse, and seitan stir-fry for staff to sample. The staff also learned about nonperishable items to keep on hand at the food bank and how to create quick meals such as a breakfast of oatmeal, soymilk, and an apple or a lunch of pasta, black beans, and salsa.
Physicians Committee Food for Life classes, which provide skills needed to prepare healthful meals and lower risk of chronic disease, are taught at Christopher Place Employment Academy, which is affiliated with Our Daily Bread.
The David P. Tenberg Charitable Foundation has generously provided the grants for the Physicians Committee’s work with Our Daily Bread.