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.

February 15, 2021

CodeSwitching (2019)

CodeSwitching (2019) is about a voluntary school desegregation program that bused Boston minority youth to better-resourced suburban schools starting in the 1970s. Five Black alumni across three generations talk about the upsides and drawbacks of being bused for a better education. They discuss the difficulties of navigating between their inner city neighborhoods and their predominately affluent white schools.

The film begins at 7 p.m. via Zoom; entry starts at 6:45 p.m. Registration is required – please use this link to register:

Jonathan Hutto, coordinator of the Prince Georges County People’s Coalition in Maryland, will lead the discussion following the film. Hutto helped get the Prince Georges County Police Department placed under Federal Oversight from 2004-2009. He also co-authored an influential paper on the history of police brutality in our county in the Journal of Urban Health in February, 2016.

Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery will once again offer a vegan meal for $7.99 featuring Indian cuisine –Macro Vegetarian Chickpea Masala and samosa dumplings with rice and a steamed vegetable. Phone in your pre-order to 301-474-0522 by 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, 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.

For further information on this month’s program, contact Donna Hoffmeister of the Peace and Justice Coalition at 301 441 9377.