Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Dinners are available at the café after 4pm with several plant-based options.
Carryout: The Co-Op Supermarket Meatless Monday meals can be picked up from the “grab and go” for Zoom at-home viewing after 11am.
Location: Online or at the New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.

April 18, 2022


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, his philanthropy and social activism are not well known today.
After the film, MNCPPC’s Black History Program Manager Dr. Dennis Doster will speak about the Ridgeley Rosenwald School in Capitol Heights, which was restored in 2011 and opened as a museum. He will welcome questions as well as share his research about Maryland African American history.

The film begins at 7 p.m. either live in the New Deal Café or via Zoom. The Cafe uses a UV light filtration system that kills viruses. You are asked to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination for live viewing of the film in the cafe. Come enjoy the new wide-screen film projection system. Registration for virtual viewing via Zoom is required – please use this link:

Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery will again offer a vegan meal for $7.99. Phone in your pre-order to 301-474-0522 by 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18, for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.

The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by the Utopia Film Festival and the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. This month’s film is sponsored by the Greenbelt Bahá’í Community. For more information, see the Reel and Meal Facebook page or contact Joy at 301-801-2071.