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The Baltimore Food and Faith Project

Baltimore food and faith project

The Baltimore Food and Faith Project was launched by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) in the summer of 2007. It remained a key initiative of CLF’s Food Communities and Public Health Program until 2016.  The project’s purpose was to engage with congregations, religious schools and faith-based and secular organizations on a variety of food system issues related to environmental stewardship, social and economic justice, health and nutrition, hunger and community food security, and farm animal welfare.  Our efforts engaged representatives from more than 250 area congregations; funded or otherwise supported the creation and maintenance of nearly 50 faith community gardens; and reached countless individuals through blogposts, radio shows, town halls, articles and speaking engagements at various events.

Currently, the key aspects of the project have been transitioned to Johns Hopkins Health System’s Office of Community Health. Adrian Mosley is the executive director of that office. (Contact Adrian Mosley at: Phone: 410-502-6524 | fax: 410-614-1476 | email: amosley1@jhmi.edu)

Rev. Darriel Harris, who formally served as the project officer, is still involved in an advisory role and is available for consultations.  

Darriel Harris

DarrielDarriel joined the Baltimore Food and Faith Project of the Johns Hopkins Center For a Livable Future after 18 months in South Sudan where he designed and implemented a basic health education curriculum that fused Biblical scriptures and health best practices. Through this experience working with faith communities for social change, Darriel discovered the depth of the connection between faith and personal lifestyle choices including health and food. He says, “Faith goes beyond traditional ethics. Faith impacts everything—from what we eat, to where we shop, to whom we shop from.” Darriel hopes that through his work with the Baltimore Food and Faith Project, more Baltimoreans will begin choosing foods that contribute to good health and exercise good stewardship over the resources we have been given. 

Darriel is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University. He has substantial managerial and organizational leadership experience and is happy to be back in his native Baltimore after more than 10 years away. 

Currently, Darriel is pursuing a PhD in public health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. His research interest is evaluating the effectiveness of integrating faith-based language with science-based information to convey health messages to religious audiences.