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 21, 2022

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931). William Greaves’ film Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice is a stirring biography of a crusading journalist, anti-lynching campaigner, and black suffragette during the most repressive years of the Jim Crow period.

Well-known multimedia journalist and Baltimore City native, Nicki Mayo, will lead the discussion after the film.

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. This week’s selection is Thai Dinner of Macro Vegetarian’s Pad Thai and Thai Dumplings with steamed broccoli. Phone in your pre-order to 301-474-0522 by 1 p.m. on Feb. 21, 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. People may also choose from a varied menu in-person at the Café.

The Greenbelt Black History and Culture Committee in celebration of Greenbelt’s Black History Month co-sponsors this month’s film along with the Peace and Justice Coalition.