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Food for Thought: Northwest Bread Bakers rise to help local food banks

Nancy Leson
One of Nancy's loaves, wrapped 'n wready.

Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur recently published astory about a growing number of bread bakers contributing homemade loaves to area food banks. It was news to me, but Nancy Leson was already a participant.

Nance — who’s on Facebook so I don’t have to be — found out about the Community Loaves project through the Northwest Bread Bakers Facebook page.


Northwest Bread Bakers was co-founded by Katherine Kehrli, an avid home baker, “breaducator” and associate dean at Seattle Culinary Academy. It was her idea to spin off this volunteer group of bakers and connect them with Hopelink, a 50-year-old nonprofit that has five food pantries in King and Snohomish counties. 


In addition to supplying Hopelink pantries with nutritious honey-oat loaves twice monthly, the Community Loaves project also aims to promote the local grain economy. To that end, the donated loaves are made with flours from Skagit Valley's Cairnspringand Fairhaven Mill.


Want to participate? Here's where to learn more


'A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said, 'Is what we chiefly need.' ” – Lewis Carroll


Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.