Yesterday I pulled up to the Food & Care Coalition in nearby Provo, Utah, to drop off some bread. As I pulled out the loaves from my trunk the donation coordinator remarked with a smile:
This absolutely warmed my heart. I had dropped off bread there several times over the past few months and never really knew if it made much of a difference. I was even beginning to think that we needed to focus on bringing our bread to organizations that weren’t so far away. But after hearing how much these people in true need loved our bread, I’ll be back again and again.
There’s something about giving to those in need that seems to fill our hearts with a wholesome sense of goodness and selfless satisfaction – and a feeling that we should do it more often. Why don’t we do it more often? Perhaps we forget, we're too focused on hectic routines, and we're not even aware of the needs around us. That’s exactly where we can start: by heightening our sense of awareness for the needs around us and then acting with tools at our disposal to make a difference. It doesn’t always have to be a formal organization like the Food & Care Coalition that we help. It could be a neighbor who’s having a baby, a co-worker recovering from an illness, a friend facing a career transition, or a relative who is often alone.
We’ve been baking homemade bread for years, and one of our favorite things is to share a loaf with a neighbor or friend to brighten their day. In today’s generation it’s pretty rare for anyone to find fresh bread, so it has always been fun to see and hear the reaction of others when trying our fresh bread as a refreshing change to what they’re used to from the grocery store.
When we started Father Time Bread we tried to think of ways we could “bake a difference” and help others to do the same. In each box of bread that we ship we include one of these cards below that can be used to write a note to a friend:
Amazing bread is such a well-received gift, so we thought these cards could help make it even easier to share. July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. I’m sure we all have it marked on our calendars 😊. What a perfect day to go out and give a loaf of bread to a neighbor or friend.
We also decided early on that that we wanted to share our bread in an organized way with desperately hungry mouths that need wholesome nourishment. Premium, organic foods are often not accessible to the destitute and needy, and yet they need its benefits even more than the rest of us. We’ve determined that we will donate a loaf of bread to the needy for every subscription box that we ship to you. That means when your subscription box arrives on your doorstep, it will not only light up the faces of your family, it will also trigger a donated loaf to brighten the day of someone in need. Working together, we can bake a difference.