How are you managing during the pandemic?
Are you staying safe, keeping up with work and parenting obligations, coping with stress? Are you able to pay rent and put healthy food on the table? We hope so.
Many people in our community are struggling. Demand at local food banks is at record highs. We want to help, and we hope you will join us if you are able.
By donating a Grand Central Bakery Community Loaf, you can send a loaf of fresh, wholesome bread from our bakery to local food banks for emergency food boxes.
Check out KPTV / More Good Day Oregon’s story about the Community Loaf here.
You purchase a Community Loaf donation online, then we deliver it to food banks in Seattle and Portland serving our community. Current partners are Lift UP Portland, and Rainier Valley Food Bank, both of whom serve our communities with emergency food boxes and food pantries. Their food resources are short due to high demand, which makes these donated loaves even more important to help households get by during the pandemic. In late November, 200 community loaves went to Black-owned community farm Mudbown Grown as part of their Thanksgiving food boxes distributed to Black families in need.
The Community Loaf is our Goldendale Wheat sandwich bread, made from stone-ground high-extraction flour, which means it contains a high percentage of whole grains. It’s delicious, nutritious, and we recommend it for any sandwich, especially Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Because it’s made with fresh flour from 100 percent local grains (sourced from Cairnspring Mills and Camas Country Mill), the Community Loaf also gives back to our 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? 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 sell customers bags of fresh local flour for their pantries at home.
One of the best parts about being a B Corporation is that it redefines business success as using profit for purpose. We envisioned the Community Loaf as a way we could 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. We hope you will join us in supporting this new program.
Thank you for being part of our community!
About our Food Bank partners:
Rainier Valley Food Bank delivers groceries within Seattle city limits to those in need of food, regardless of age, health and income.
Lift Urban Portland (Lift UP) distributes food to low-income residents of downtown and Northwest Portland. Since the beginning of the pandemic, they’ve seen the need for food at its pantry increase by 60 percent, a trend that is reflected nationwide.
Mudbone Grown is is a black-owned farm enterprise that promotes inter-generational community-based farming. The farm’s goal is to enhance food security, reduce energy use, improve community health and well-being, and stabilize our communities.