Number of Participants: 225
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $7,605
Event Type: Hunger
Date: November 23, 2023
The culinary arts room at Massapequa High School was full of activity just before Thanksgiving for a charitable endeavor sponsored by the King Arthur Baking Company. Students in nine family and consumer sciences classes joined the Bake for Good initiative to provide fresh bread to local families.
“Learn, bake, share” is the mission of the national outreach program, in which students make fresh bread and donate half of it to a local hunger relief organization. For the third straight year, Massapequa culinary students worked under the direction of teachers Courtney Puricelli and Christina Sabbiondo to accomplish this mission.
The flour, yeast and bread bags were provided by King Arthur. On Nov. 17, students worked in groups to make the dough in College Art of Baking, Cooking for Today and Food and Nutrition classes. After the dough spent the weekend rising and developing flavor, the young bakers returned on Monday to cut it in half and bake two loaves of bread.
One loaf from each group was donated, while the other was turned into French toast for a culinary project. The donations went to the food pantry at YES Community Counseling Center in Massapequa, with a representative picking up the bread on Nov. 21. Labels on each bag had the names of the student bakers to give it a personal touch.
Each baker received a plastic bench scraper and recipe book from King Arthur as a thank you for their efforts.
“It’s something that we do every year because the students enjoy it,” Ms. Sabbiondo said. “They like the concept of knowing that they’re doing something good for others.”