By Ralph E. Moore Jr
Special to the AFRO

You can learn how to bake a special dish in time for your Thanksgiving table and help feed a hungry child at the same time; by supporting a Chef’s Event Re-imagined as a benefit for the Baltimore Weekend Backpack Program that feeds hungry children in Baltimore City. More on the feeding after a word how the public can help WBP help the children.

The Nov. 14 fundraiser is called an Artisanal Breadmaking, Baking and Decorating Focaccia lesson. It will be conducted by Chef Amy von Lange, co-owner of the Schola Cooking School.  She will show the pre-registered ZOOM audience how to end up with beautifully decorated, leavened, Italian flatbreads for holiday tables.

Registrants will receive a recipe for basic dough as they sign up.  The recipe’s ingredients will then be made available for ZOOM observers to gather in advance so the dough will be ready for the lesson. 

How to use traditional vs. quick rise yeast, practicing kneading and learning recipes for fine dipping oils will also be a part of the bread making, baking and decorating lesson. One can register on the Weekend Backpack website (www.weekendbackpacks.org) for $45.

Registered bakers will be able to pick up a bread making kit, 5-6 p.m., Nov. 12 or 9-10 a.m., Nov. 13, at 1505 Bedford Avenue in Pikesville. It sounds like a fun event.

There are still plenty of hungry children in Baltimore City.  They are hungry because their parents are poor, even working poor.  The polite thing to call hungry children is food insecure but they are simply kids who don’t have enough food to satisfy their gently raging appetites and to nourish their healthy growth.

One anti-hunger advocate-worker is Barbara Spector, board member of Weekend Backpacks and co-chair of the Artisanal Bread making event.

According to their website, “the mission of Weekend Backpacks is to provide food to vulnerable, food-insecure Baltimore City youth to facilitate academic success and improve their lives both physically and emotionally.”

Children can receive breakfast and lunch at school in Baltimore City and at one time, dinner meals were also available through the Maryland Food Bank.  During in-school hours food is available to eligible children; in Baltimore City roughly 85% of school children qualify for subsidized meals.  

During out-of-school hours such as weekends, the Weekend Backpack Program provides enough meals for a family of four for the three-day weekend, or four days when Monday is a holiday.

Again, according to the Weekend Backpacks website, “we believe that a child does not live in isolation; therefore, each backpack contains enough food to feed three to four people for the weekend.’

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