The Sho Go Mobile Market officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Monday, March 14. Supervisor of Food Services Beth Brewster and her entire staff welcomed guests from all facets of the community and state to celebrate the event.
Similar to farmers’ markets, the Sho Go (short for Shore Gourmet) Mobile Market serves Caroline communities on a scheduled basis, providing access to fresh and healthy food. In order to bring this concept to a reality in Caroline, state and community partners worked together.
In his welcoming remarks, Interim Superintendent Dr. Derek L. Simmons stated, “As a school system we know that making our children successful cannot just be done within the four walls of a school building by our dedicated staff. We cannot succeed if our families and students are dealing with the challenges of hunger.” He added that CCPS was involved as a partner to assist with meeting the mission to create healthier, more economically stable families. He congratulated everyone who had a hand in bringing Sho Go Mobile Market to fruition.
Board of Education President Jim Newcomb said he appreciated the determination it took to make the mobile market a reality. He referenced ‘The Caroline Way’ which he said means, “Not enough money? We find the money. Something breaks down? We call people for help.” He thanked everyone for the united effort that enables access to healthy food.
Kara Panowitz, Senior Manager at No Kid Hungry MD, expressed her admiration for the work done by Beth and the Food Services team. She said, “Not everyone has to do this, not everyone tries this hard but it’s because they care so much.”
Also in attendance to help cut the ribbon were Kim Kratovil from Sen. Cardin’s office; Melissa Kelley from Sen. Van Hollen’s office; Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder; Caroline County Resident Delegate Jeff Ghrist; Caroline County Commissioners President Larry Porter, Vice President Dan Franklin and Wilber Levengood; Rural Maryland Council Executive Director, Charlotte Davis; Caroline County Human Services Council Director, Susan Runnels; and Caroline County Board of Education President Jim Newcomb, Vice President Rick Barton, and Member Donna DiGiacomo.
Mobile Market Sponsors No Kid Hungry, Caroline Human Services Council, Rural Maryland Council, Food for Learning, and the Caroline Foundation were thanked for their support and presented with certificates of appreciation.
The event was also a celebration of the tireless work done throughout the pandemic that ensured children and senior citizens were fed. Those efforts were also spearheaded by Beth Brewster and the CCPS Food Services team. Beth thanked the administration for their support and the many community businesses, organizations, and individuals that made those efforts a success. She presented several with a certification of appreciation, including Caroline County Recreation & Parks, Tri Gas and Oil, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Choptank Transportation, Maryland Rural Development Corporation, and Caroline Helping Hands. Beth also thanked the transportation, custodial, and maintenance departments of Caroline County Public Schools and the countless number of volunteers who served the effort.
In his remarks, County Commission President Larry Porter stated that he was not surprised to see businesses and organizations step up to support all efforts to feed students and citizens during the pandemic, as that also is ‘The Caroline Way’. Fellow Commissioner Dan Franklin added, “When it came to pandemic response, we set the bar. When it came to making sure people had food, you all did it.” Board member Donna DiGiacomo also thanked support services for their hard work, stating, “You all rocked it, it’s that simple.”
The event ended with Beth and the Food Services team, including those she refers to as her ‘beautiful ladies’ from all of the school cafeterias, celebrating milestones together, including years of service.
All event photos available on the CCPS Flickr page.