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August 15, 2017

Café in Maryland Raises the Bar

Anyone who needs a meal is treated like a paying customer

Nina Christian and Andrea Gill serve free, homemade meals to people in need at the Brass Hat Café.
Nina Christian presents a meal for the day.

To expand dinner options for local residents, the Army's service center in Westminster, MD opened the Brass Hat Café earlier this year. Unlike the traditional meal center, the café is more of a complimentary community café where guests are served and treated as paying customers.

The café serves fresh, homemade meals every Monday through Wednesday from 4:30pm-6:00 p.m. to as many as 50 people and also offers food for carryout.

Every meal includes an entree, side dish and dessert. Meal options include a variety of homemade favorites such as baked ziti, chicken parmesan and bread pudding. Alternate meals are also offered each day to give customers more dinner options.

“Whether you are homeless, a senior citizen, or have a full time job and living paycheck to paycheck, we are more than happy to serve you,” said Nina Christian, Brass Hat Café founder. Ultimately, Brass Hat Café is for anyone that needs a meal, no questions asked.

To support or volunteer for Brass Hat Café, please contact Nina Christian at 410-876-9358 or

Janeen Johnally is the Communications Director, The Salvation Army of Central Maryland


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