This post is sponsored by King Arthur Flour Bake for Good
I’ve always loved to bake. Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around baking with my mom. Whether baking a mind-blowing variety of cookies leading up to the holidays, quiche for a family gathering, or the pumpkin bread that’s still a favorite today, the time we spent together in the kitchen reinforced important math, science, and reading while producing tasty results that we often shared with others. From a young age, I learned that baked goods symbolized love. Whatever we made from scratch was always welcome when shared with extended family members, friends, and neighbors.
These days I love to bake with my own kids. When they were little, I used baking as a hands-on way to teach one to one correspondence, measurement, fractions, the importance of discovery through kitchen chemistry, and it was also a way to practice reading comprehension by reading ingredient lists or steps together. Now that they’re older, it’s fun to watch them find a recipe and be inspired to try baking something new.
We seem to have an unwritten bake-one-take-one rule when it comes to making pies with summer fruits, cookies, and banana chocolate chip bread that’s a favorite in the neighborhood. Since food is always best when shared with others, I was thrilled when King Arthur Flour reached out to share that their Bake for Good program was coming to the Washington, D.C. area and asked us to Bake for Good too.
About Bake for Good
Bake for Good has the power to impact communities in positive ways. Baking programs in the city and in schools inspire individuals, families, and businesses to spread the joy of baking and make positive social change through a single loaf of bread. Throughout March, King Arthur Flour is partnering with the City of Gaithersburg (Maryland) in honor of Hunger Awareness Month.
An estimated 6,600 residents in Gaithersburg rely on food assistance programs each year. By proclaiming March as Hunger Awareness Month, the City of Gaithersburg hopes to provide resources to those who are in need of food assistance and encourage those who are able to volunteer their time and resources to help.
This month more than 2,300 students and community members from Gaithersburg will partner with King Arthur Flour bakers to bake and donate to hunger-relief organizations as part of the Bake for Good Program. Several by King Arthur Flour’s world class instructors to give community members the opportunity to learn how to create beautiful braids, sweet and savory filled loaves, and tender muffins while kids in ten elementary schools get to participate through Bake for Good: Kids.
2 Easy Ways to Get Started Baking for Good to Benefit Gaithersburg
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and want to bake to benefit an organization in Gaithersburg, Maryland, it’s easy to make a difference! Here’s how to get started:
- Find a recipe to be inspired to bake something new. Emily and I made cinnamon rolls for the first time using the King Arthur Flour recipe from the Bake for Good: Kids cookbook that you can download here!
- Donate your baked goods to one of the many hunger relief organizations in Gaithersburg or share your homemade baked goods with the people you love. Please be aware that not all organizations accept homemade food, so please call ahead to check.
Worried that you’re not a baker or your bread won’t turn out well? I love the easy directions and visuals in the Bake for Good: Kids cookbook that will help you be successful making your first loaf of bread!
Once you make your first loaf, make a point of continuing to Bake for Good! It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to bake a second loaf, batch of cookies, set of muffins, etc. so make this a practice and donate regularly. Sharing homemade baked goods is a simple but powerful way to brighten the world around you by making positive social change through each loaf of bread and baked good.
This post was sponsored by King Arthur Flour but all opinions are my own.