Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale

Are you the kind of person who takes a hands-on approach to solving problems? If so, then Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is the perfect way to fight childhood hunger!

When you sign up to host a bake sale, you can directly raise money for children who desperately need to be connected to healthy, nutritious meals every day and where they live, learn and play. And for many participants in Great American Bake Sale, what begins as a simple way to bake as a family for a good cause turns into a life-changing experience.

Let me tell you about Jerry and Gail Fitzpatrick and their children, Dylan and Caitlin — a family who wanted to do something about childhood hunger in their local community. Although the bake sale the Fitzpatricks hosted didn’t raise a large amount their first year, they were determined to stick with it. Their perseverance has paid off: for every year they’ve participated, they’ve surpassed the amount of funds raised the previous year and have raised $8,000 in the past 6 years!

Raising money is just part of the story. Not only did they raise funds to fight childhood hunger, the Fitzpatricks bonded as a family and gained a deeper connection to those around them. As they’ve grown older, Dylan and Caitlin have been learning real world skills like promotion, soliciting donations and, of course, baking. Their mother proudly observes that her children have become more community-focused rather than self-focused.

As you can see, Great American Bake Sale is rewarding in so many ways — and especially for those who need it most. I hope you will join in baking a difference for hungry kids across America.