EDITOR’S NOTE: This story of #CreativityInCaptivity was originally shared by Charlottean Jessica Webb Losselyong. Jessica is making bread using her grandmother’s secret recipe to raise funds for Feeding America. To date, she has raised more than $1000. Next, she is releasing a “Barbie’s Starter Kit” for sale, so you can make your own bread at home while supporting those who need a hand. Jessica wrote us about her COVID-culinary adventures and we share her comments here with her permission.
During COVID-19, I was recently let go from my job.
During this time at home, my soul felt like it wanted to deeply find an organization to get involved with and volunteer to people affected by the virus. However, volunteering was really hard during this time.
Food was my secret passion, but specifically not baking. After 30 days of quarantine, and not being able to volunteer due to COVID, it hit me — my 81-year-old grandmother, Barbara (AKA “Barbie”, which we jokingly call her) had this killer recipe for sourdough bread. We served it in welcome bags at our wedding (we’re recently newlyweds) and everyone went crazy for it!
She has been baking this bread for over 25 years. One day it hit me — “I’m going to learn to bake that bread and share my love and passion for food with 100% proceeds going to Feeding America, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank in our area.”
Right then “Barbies Bread” was created. We were making bread as fast as we could! We have drop-offs and pick-up locations in various areas of Winston Salem, Huntersville and Uptown Charlotte!
My grandmother Barbie helps me make orders daily. People have begged her for this recipe, but she’s never wanted to receive money for it. So, I am honoring her by never accepting money and donating 100% of the bread profits.
Food is so special and was never a struggle in my household. This fed my passion to give back to the community and share my family’s secret bread recipe to help feed others!
Barbie’s Bread is “Feeding the Knead” in our community.
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