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So What Else?


The Food Project ( is seeking volunteers to support the expansion of Community Based Education (CBEdu) in Baltimore.

Are you interested in watching a classically trained chef teach eager young learners the mysteries of culinary creation? Are you committed to empowering the community leaders of tomorrow today? Can you be a detailed observer and comprehensive note taker?

The Food Project has a role for you!

TFP needs volunteers to attend cooking classes led by Master Chef Catina Smith, observe the class and take notes on the course content, instructive approach and learners’ participation. The volunteers’ notes will be used to inform course evaluations, content development and participant engagement and will form an important part of the program assessment.

To learn more about this unique service opportunity please click on 'I want to help’ or contact So What Else Baltimore, Christine Garrahan at or The Food Project, Michelle Suazo at

When: Every Monday - 4PM to 6PM Starting January 10, 2022

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About So What Else?



Mission Statement

So What Else's mission is to improve the lives of children and families living in underserved communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area by providing food security, access to basic necessities, and high-quality out-of-school time programs in literacy, athletics, and the visual and performing arts while inspiring young people to give back to the community by creating volunteer opportunities for citizens of all ages.


So What Else (SWE) ... can we do to help? is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and focused on building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through direct programming and in partnership with allied organizations. Our primary programming embraces two key areas: Food Security and Youth Development Programs.

SWE started with Youth programming and added Food Security as we witnessed the massive economic dislocations caused by the C19 Pandemic and the consequent explosion in food insecurity. SWE and its community partners operate several Food Relief programs in Montgomery and surrounding counties, in Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

SWE needs volunteers who share our passion for service and seek to have an immediate and lasting impact upon the lives and fortunes of those we serve. Our volunteers are essential to our ability to deliver reliable, accessible and high-quality education programming and food security services.

SWE welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, experiences and capabilities. Our greatest needs at present are for Food Pantry helpers, Bulk Food Recovery & Distribution Warehouse workers, Delivery & Distribution drivers and Teacher's Aides / Classroom Assistants.

Please contact to share your area of interest and learn more about volunteering with SWE. Visit to learn more about our programs and impact! Thanks!

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


424 South Pulaski StreetThe Food ProjectBaltimore, MD 21223



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service
  • Nutrition
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • People Skills




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Every Monday 4PM to 6PM for 20 weeks.
  • Reliable. Committed. Passionate about helping young leaders develop marketable skills & contributing to community development.

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