Loyola University Maryland was one of 12 organizations to receive the 2018 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee. This annual award, which was presented December 5, is given to companies that demonstrate leadership and promote community service to help improve the city. Loyola applied and received this award for the York Road Initiative’s ongoing work with food security through the Farmers’ Market and FreshCrate program.
Loyola’s York Road Initiative (YRI) is a place-based community development strategy geographically focused in the Greater Govans/York Road corridor communities of north Baltimore City adjacent to the University’s Evergreen campus. Through the YRI, Loyola collaborates with neighbors and partners to produce positive change for all residents in the York Road community, working to improve education and youth development, while also building civic capacity and strengthening the York Road commercial corridor.
Since its opening in 2010, the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market has provided affordable access to fresh produce and whole foods to community residents every summer. FreshCrate provides competitively priced produce to address year-round food insecurity through a partnership between corner stores and Loyola’s Parkhurst Dining Services.
“Through the York Road Initiative, Loyola has had the opportunity to partner with our closest neighbors in our city to strengthen those communities and Baltimore, “ said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President, who accepted the award on behalf of Loyola. “I am grateful to all our community partners who work alongside us to help make a difference in their neighborhoods and in so many individuals’ lives. “