The following first appeared in the May, 2010 edition of the Left Hand Valley Courier as part of my "Vicinity and Beyond" series.
On its website, Share Our Strength describes itself this way: “We weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger, and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play.”
The Great American Bake Sale has been a national program since 2003 where people host bake sales in their own communities. Proceeds go to Share Our Strength, and since its inception, more than 1.3 million people have participated, raising $6 million. Cayenne Kitchen in Longmont. Local amateur bakers have signed up to bake everything from cookies to cupcakes to pastries and more.
Cayenne Kitchen in Longmont.
Along with the amateur bakers, many professionals have also signed on, including many names you know. As of press time, there were about a dozen businesses who had already promised baked goods, with more coming on board each day.
Non-baking volunteers are also helping the cause. Terry Nichols from Cayenne Kitchen said that Lisa Trank from One Purpose PR and Communications volunteered her time to help promote the event.
Many of the smaller items will be sold individually or in small packages for just a dollar or two. Larger items, like whole cakes or pies, will be auctioned off at a live auction from 1-2 p.m by auctioneer Shawn Miller from Pacific Auction.
“It’s a great cause, and it’s something I thought people would enjoy getting involved with – and they have,” Nichols said. “I’d do anything to help fight childhood hunger. I would like it to become an annual event.”
If you like to bake, it’s not too late to sign up to bake a donation. And if you don’t bake, this is a great opportunity to buy some fabulous baked goods for yourself, for your Mother’s Day dessert, or as a little gift to mom.
Cayenne Kitchen is located at 372 Main St. in Longmont. For information, call 720-652-7246. For information on Share Our Strength, see www.strength.org.