Bake for Good Month: Bake an impact

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It’s Bake for Good Month at King Arthur Flour! Join us and pledge to Bake an Impact. To kick off this new celebration, we invited Carey Underwood, King Arthur Flour’s Director of Mission-Driven Partnerships and Programs, to share why this program is so important to us.

At King Arthur Flour, we love to bake — and we bake a lot and often! Measuring the ingredients, kneading the dough, breathing in the enticing aromas wafting from the oven, biting into a warm and scrumptious baked good — what’s not to love?

And here’s the secret we’ve learned: the true joy comes when we share our baking with someone else. Wrapped up in the treat is kindness, gratitude, nourishment, and warmth. The old adage holds true — it really is better to give than to receive.

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More than two decades ago, we started our Bake for Good program by going into schools to teach kids how to bake bread. Beyond learning math, science, and comprehension skills through baking, students also learn the importance of giving back. Each student receives everything he or she needs to bake two loaves of bread at home – one to share with family, and one to bring back to school to donate to a hunger-relief organization.

Our Bake for Good initiative continues to expand. It now includes free community baking classes at our King Arthur Flour Baking Schools, our touring Bake Truck, and the many events we host throughout the year aimed at building stronger communities through baking.

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Now, we’re taking it a step further. We’re declaring this October the first annual National Bake for Good Month to give people all across the country the opportunity to build community through baking. And once you start, you probably won’t stop — just like us.

It’s easy to join the fun! Go to the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good page and submit your pledge. Tell us whom you’ll bake for – a neighbor, family, friends, a local food pantry – the options are limitless.

When you make a pledge to bake, you’ll receive a coupon for $0.75 off a 5-pound bag of flour to help you get started with your baking. King Arthur Flour will also donate the cost of a meal to Feeding America for every pledge we receive.

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Other activities going on during Bake for Good Month

To jump-start our goal of getting people to bake and give, we’ve started with our neighbors, local schools, and employee-owners here at King Arthur.

Many businesses in Vermont and New Hampshire are participating. King Arthur Flour teaches their employees how to make bread, then they go home and bake two loaves – one to keep and one to give – same as our Bake for Good: Kids program.

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Of course, our own folks are also eager to join in the fun. We recently invited all employee-owners to bake bread both at home AND at work (the benefit of working for a baking company!). We ended up donating more than 200 loaves over the course of three days.

Building on the origins of the program, more than 1,000 local students in grades 4-8 will be participating throughout the month via our Bake for Good: Kids program.

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Local residents and visitors are invited to learn how to bake bread at King Arthur Flour’s Baking Schools – taking one loaf home and donating the other – during our free Community Bake Days at both our Vermont and Washington State schools.

Oct. 16: Skagit Valley, Washington
Oct. 21: Norwich, Vermont

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Help us spread the word! Pledge to Bake for Good, and make sure to share your baking photos tagged #BakeForGood.

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  1. Suzanne R.

    I bake each Monday – have for a long time – and now that the kids are grown and gone, I share “the goods” with my colleagues at work on Tuesday mornings. In the staff room, I leave that day’s treat with a big piece of paper, noting the details of the day’s item. This is good for me (I get some great feedback, and I can feed my need to bake!), and good for our staff – they love Tuesday mornings, when they can have a little treat with their first cup of coffee. I notice that colleagues are stopping for a bit, chatting about their week ahead and starting their day on a delicious note!

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  2. Pat McCollum

    I have a bread group at our church. We meet every 2 weeks and bake recipes. We are baking bread for the Lenten soup and bread suppers we will have before the Stations of theCross on Friday nights at our church.we have been a group for 2 years and always use your flour. We love the results. Each time I share tips and things I find on your website and we look through your catalogue .
    We will meet March 2 nd again. Is there a chance we can be considered “bake for good’ group. If not, is there a way we can, and if so how? Is it possible to get an answer before we meet March 2 nd? I love your recipes and website. I have learned so much from you. Thank you. Happy baking! Pat (Risen)
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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Pat, thanks for sharing your story with us. We’re thrilled to hear you’ve been baking for your community! Our Bake for Good Program is designed for students who are in grades 4-7, and we travel to schools across the country to deliver these programs. It sounds like you may want to take a look at our self-directed bake for good program, which is suited for 5-50 participants. If you have more questions, you can reach out to our Bake for Good Team at learnbakeshare[at]kingarthurflour[dot]com Hope that helps! Kye@KAF

  3. Pat

    Thanks so much for your rapid response. I’ll bring this information to the group and call for more info. Thanks again! Pat
    P.S. We are anxious to try your Apple Twist Bread.

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  4. Nicole

    I love to bake and often give what I bake. Specifically now, I’m baking for my sister. She just graduated with her Master’s degree and has a month between graduation and her first paycheck. I’d LOVE to use the coupon mentioned, but I can’t figure out how to get it. Please help!

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Nicole, thanks for all you’re doing to spread the joy of home baked goodness! Bake for Good Month was back in October, so the coupon mentioned is unfortunately no longer available. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter here. That way you can be sure not to miss out on the regular discounts and promotions we offer. Mollie@KAF

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