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: Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery offers a vegan meal in support of Reel and Meal’s mission. Cost is $7.99 for participants. Phone in your pre-order to the deli at 301-474-0522 by 1:00pm on the day of the film for pick-up between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.
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.


March 19, 2012

Bag It. Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Bag It Movie Image

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes—single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away”? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?

In this touching, often funny, award-winning film, “everyman” Jeb Berrier embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environ- mentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics.

Locally, plastic bags account for nearly half of all of the trash in the streams leading
to the Anacostia River, according to a new survey conducted by Prince George’s Sierra Club.

The Prince George’s County “bag bill” (PG 402-12), requiring a five-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags, passed out of the County Delegation on March 2nd by slimmest of margins. Now it’s on to the full House and Senate. Come to the screening to learn how to help promote the bill’s passage and make Prince George’s and the region cleaner and greener!

Discussion Leaders

Prince George’s County Council Members Ingrid M. Turner (D-District 4) & Mary A. Lehman (D-District 1) representing Greenbelt and College Park, respectively, will be on hand to provide an update on the bill’s status, hear from attendees and answer any questions you may have.