UPDATE – May 14, 2021: To date, we have delivered more than 9,700 fresh Community Loaves to local food banks in Portland and Seattle. Thank you for supporting this program!
Updated May 14, 2021
We are SO hopeful about the future.
But let’s be honest: Our communities have been hurting.
Since the pandemic started in early 2020, hunger in Oregon and Washington has reached its highest level in a century, according to data from Oregon State and Washington State universities.
Recent surveys show that one-third of Washington’s population is now food insecure and one in four Oregonians is worried about feeding their family.
We are trying to do our part. Thanks to help from our customers, we’ve donated 🥖9,700 Community Loaves 🥖 to local food banks since October 2020.
What’s a Community Loaf?
The Community Loaf is a way to direct fresh, wholesome bread from our bakery to local food banks for emergency food boxes. It’s a donation; customers can purchase Community Loaves online or at a Grand Central Bakery walk-up ordering window, and we deliver them fresh from our bakery to local food banks in Portland and Seattle. Learn about our emergency food bank partners below.
Giving back to farmers
The Community Loaf also gives back to local farmers, who grow the wheat and provide the stone-ground, unrefined flour for the loaf, which is our Goldendale Wheat sandwich bread.
By using 100 percent local grains (sourced from Cairnspring Mills and Camas Country Mill) for the Community Loaf, we’re able to support local farmers and millers – the more loaves sold, the more local flour we purchase from the grower partners in our back yard. These folks play an essential role in our regional food economy and were crucial to our supply chain in the early months of the pandemic. (Remember the flour shortage last spring and early summer?) Our direct purchases and strong relationships with local wheat growers and millers like Smalls Family Farm, Cairnspring Mills, and Camas Country Mill allowed us to continue baking bread uninterrupted and to to sell fresh local flour to our cafe customers as well.
We envisioned the Community Loaf as a way to support hunger relief in our community, involve customers in the satisfying act of giving back, and deliver wholesome, delicious bread to the people who need it most. It’s part of our mission as a B Corporation to use profit for purpose. Thank you for supporting this new program and being part of our community!
Watch KPTV / More Good Day Oregon’s story about the Community Loaf.
About our Food Bank partners:
Rainier Valley Food Bank provides food assistance to low-income residents in southeast Seattle, with a focus on seniors, families, individuals with disabilities and the homeless,
LIFT Urban Portland operates a food pantry, a food box delivery program, and other programs to assist low-income, elderly, and disabled neighbors in Northwest and Downtown Portland. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve seen demand for emergency food increase by 60 percent, a trend reflected nationwide.
Mudbone Grown. Community Loaves were part of this black-owned farm’s Thanksgiving relief boxes in 2020. Mudbone Grown promotes intergenerational community-based farming to enhance food security, reduce energy use, improve community health and well-being, and stabilize communities.