Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bread for sale! (For a good cause, of course!)

Today, Caitlin's school is participating in the Great American Bake Sale for its 9th year and I made a few loaves of bread for the cause.

By "few", of course, I mean seven. Mainly because every bake sale needs the Crazy Bread Lady and I got to be that mom this year. A pair of whole wheat loaves, a pair of Vermont Sourdough and 3 loaves of Five-Grain Levain (Chock full of flaxseeds, coarse cornmeal, oats, millet and whole wheat. Yum!).

Then, this morning, Eric and Caitlin dropped off the wrapped and tagged loaves to Caitlin's school. The mom/teacher/woman-with-a-badge who PROBABLY wasn't going to steal the bread made appropriate oohing and ahhing noises and then asked if we "always ate like this"? But of course!

Daily dose of external validation achieved!

Why are we doing this? Well, according to the Share Our Strength website:

  • 14.1 million children in America live in poverty. That’s 5.5% more than a year ago. (For a four-person family, that means getting by on less than $420 a week.)
  • Nearly half (49.2%) of American children will receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits at some point in their life.
  • The weak economy has put millions of previously secure American families at risk.
  • Effective federal nutrition programs that provide nutritious food to families in need are still underutilized. 10 million eligible kids in this country are not receiving school breakfast. Only 1 of every 6 kids eligible for free summer meals actually gets them.  That means 16.3 million kids who qualify for these meals don’t get them.  Millions of Americans who are eligible for SNAP (food stamps) do not use the program.
We often hear about disasters and hunger in foreign lands, but seldom hear that we have these same problems a lot closer at hand. By participating in the bake sale, the Hatchet Family can help fight hunger right here in the States. Now I can bake and save lives. I'm a super hero!

At least for a day.


Krysta said...

Hey Hatchet Woman!

I found your blog back in March, when I googled breastfeeding twins. I was pregnant and there was a possibilty it was twins (it wasn't). Anyway, I read your whole blog over a couple of days back then. I really enjoyed it. You seem really cool and your kids are gorgeous!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Thanks so much, Krysta! And thank your lucky stars it WASN'T twins! Whew! Congrats on the new baby and thanks for dropping by!

(I totally read an entire blog end to end, too, when I first run across a cool one I like! Glad to know I'm not alone that way!)

Arthurk7 said...

Great changeover, Tracy.

I've read almost all your blog posts. I like your sensibilities and your spirit.

In today's edition, you remind me of when my older son, Gawain was about 8 and I used to bake 6 or so loaves of bread every other week. Loved it. Better than using a gym for the forearms.

And since you're an avid gardener, you might like today's SF Chronicle article on Revolutionary Yardscaping:

And thanks,

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Thanks Arthur! I'll have a look at that article.

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