The Farm-to-Prison Project is an initiative to provide local, nutritious, and wholesome foods to correctional facilities and detention centers in Baltimore and Maryland. Our overarching goals are twofold:
To address and improve food conditions in prisons; and
To mitigate the effects of mass incarceration by humanizing those within the carceral system.
The food we eat affects every part of our life. Eating well influences our physical and mental health, reduces the risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, strengthens the immune system, and more.
Currently, there are only a handful of food service providers servicing correctional facilities in Baltimore and Maryland. Our project aims to connect urban and larger-scale farms to these facilities, and thus improve the quality and quantity of food by adding fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and more to prison menus. Ultimately, we hope to change the total supply chain of food by having all ingredients within a facility sourced from local and nutritious places.