Some people bake because it’s fun. Most bake to have something good to eat. One Greenback High School student bakes to honor those who serve the greater good.
Brooke Hunter, an 11th grader at Greenback High School, participated this past spring in a nationwide initiative called The Traveling Apron. In the program, participants mail an apron around the country, asking the one who receives it to donate fresh bread to someone in the community, sign the apron with a positive message and then send it on. A list of participants is provided by www.SpreadtheBread.org.
Brooke’s mom, Renee Hunter, said her daughter made bread for a neighbor, for the Blount County Rescue Squad and also for the Maryville Fire Department. “We made it for several different fire halls and the rescue squad. She gave some to some teachers. It was a neat project idea that we had actually seen on the Internet. The founder is a woman who an initiative to spread a million loaves of bread,” Renee said. “They send out the apron, you make bread and give it to people and sign the apron, take a photo and send it on to next location the website tells you.”
Brooke said her mother and her sister have been making friendship bread for a while before they all learned about the Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron on the Internet. Brooke credited her mom for showing her how to bake. “She taught me everything,” Brooke said. “It’s something I did. I’ve always loved to bake.
The teenager said she enjoyed baking to serve others. “It’s the gift of helping out rather than just doing it to do it,” she said. “It’s just an honor. It makes me feel great because I did something to help someone.”
Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron is a part of Spread the Bread. The website defines Spread the Bread as “a global grassroots bread-giving initiative that encourages the world to bake bread, any bread, for others.”
According to the website email@example.com, children are provided with opportunities to practice volunteerism by baking bread and offering it to their heroes and those in need such as seniors, shelter residents and food pantry consumers.
Adults are supported in their efforts to teach children about the importance of charitable giving and community participation. Bread recipients are given a homemade loaf of bread and the message they have been remembered. For bakers and recipients, “bread-spreading” promotes respect of the importance and dignity of each member of society.
According to Karen Kiefer, co-founder of Spread the Bread, anyone interested in getting involved in a Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron contest should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Traveling Apron has been used by many Girl Scout troops as a special community project. On the website, Kiefer says, “Put the word “Sisterhood” in the subject line. We’ll send you an apron in the mail or let you know that you’ve become part of our “Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron” contest and will be receiving an apron in the mail before or after the completion of your bread project.
“Once you receive the apron, and after you’ve finished your bread project, ask all the girls in your troop to sign the apron with a short upbeat message. Remember to tell the girls to write small because we’re trying to get as many signatures on the apron as possible.
“E-mail us when your apron is ready to travel and we’ll send you the address of another Girl Scout troop that will be participating in our bread project.”For more information about Spread the Bread and Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron, visit http://www.spreadthebread.org/travelingapron.html.