Around the Nest: Edition 6 – O’s ownership group partners to distribute meals for community

The Baltimore Orioles ownership group, led by Peter Angelos, has received its fair share of black eyes when it comes to operating the organization.

Keeping a tight wallet, fans have seen players walk away in free agency, the wrong players retained and a historic organization left to fight in a division that has some of the largest spenders in the baseball market.  

Since purchasing the Baltimore Orioles in 1993, the Angelos Ownership Group has created Baltimore Orioles Inc., as well as the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation. Since its inception, the groups have donated more than $10 million in support of various organizations in and around Baltimore.  

Recently, the Orioles deepened their involvement with the community when they announced they were partnering with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Together, they will focus on The Food Project over the course of the next three years.

The Food Project, which is located two miles from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, brings cooking, farming, restaurant skills, job opportunities, sustainable food and mentorship to youth in the surrounding area. 

“We are thrilled to join forces with CareFirst to support a wonderful local organization in The Food Project.”

– Orioles Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications Jennifer Grondahl

The Orioles and CareFirst have pledged funds that will provide jobs inside The Food Project. The jobs that will be provided include an operations and kitchen manager, a food deliverer and a Speedy Nutty Granola production manager.

“Their Seedy Nutty Granola is a popular food item purchased in our ballpark, and we were fortunate to employ at-risk youth from their program in our ballpark during the 2022 season. This new initiative is just an extension of what has already been a year-long positive relationship, and we are looking forward to getting more people involved to continue to give back to our Baltimore community.”

– Jennifer Grondahl on working with CareFirst and The Food Project

The Orioles and CareFirst have also hosted on-site volunteer work as another way of giving back to The Food Project. Earlier this year, CareFirst and members of the Orioles Black and Orange Gives Back, teamed up to volunteer at The Food Project.

They helped with painting, gardening and prepared 460 meals during the day. After receiving a tour of the facilities, the volunteers met some of the youth that The Food Project helps in southwest Baltimore.

“It’s so funny because people might drive through the neighborhood and be scared because you see all the crumbling buildings, but what’s so beautiful are the people. I think at the end of the day, the more people that got to know the community, you’d see the value in helping.”

– Executive Director of The Food Project, Michelle Suazo, on the beauty of Baltimore

This past Giving Tuesday, the Orioles held a winter clothing drive for The Food Project at Orioles Park at Camden Yards,  where over 195 articles of clothing were donated and distributed to surrounding families. 

The Orioles also held an online auction where fans bid on autographed items, game-used memorabilia and exclusive experiences. All-in-all, the auction raised over $5,000, with all proceeds being donated to The Food Project.

During the 2021 season, The Food Project was the Orioles’ Team Charity. This helped to raise awareness of the charity throughout the Baltimore Community. 

In 2022, the Orioles employed 32 at-risk youth from The Food Project. During their employment at Camden Yards, they helped to sell over 100 bags of their Seedy Nutty Granola at the Birdland Market. 

The Orioles and CareFirst are committed to giving back to the Baltimore community and believe this partnership provides that in the best way. Over the course of the next three years, their hope is to continue to give and show the good The Food Project is doing for Charm City.

What do you think of this partnership? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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