All of the money raised by Little Flour bake sales supports baking classes for food insecure kids in St. Louis. Most often these classes take place on Friday afternoons at the Drop In Center funded by Epworth Children and Family Services. The Center is located in the Normandy School District where thirty percent of kids are functionally homeless and many are “food insecure,” which means they live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis and as a result they struggle with hunger. In this environment it is critical to feed kids, and to feed them well. “Hot Food Friday,” as the program has been lovingly nicknamed by the kids, makes sure that everyone who walks in the door gets a hot, nutritious meal. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, protein. Its all there, and that meal matters, especially on a Friday afternoon when some kids will have even more limited access to food over the weekend. But the program is not just about feeding kids, its about empowering kids to feed themselves and their community-and to do it well. We don’t just feed kids, we teach them about nutrition and cooking and making good decisions about how to nourish themselves as they grow into self sustaining adults. Kids in our cooking classes make the meals for the larger community at the Drop In Center and get to share in the joy of cooking for someone else who is hungry. One young chef told me recently that the part of the class he loves the most is watching the looks on the faces of the other kids when they see what we made for lunch that day. There is joy in eating but also in feeding, in being a part of a community. Little Flour buys the groceries, but our program is only possible because of the donors who support the Drop In Center and keep the doors open and the ovens turned on every day. Today we say a special thank you to all the donors who make this possible by giving directly to Epworth and other agencies that work with hungry kids, and to everyone who supports the United Way of Greater St. Louis though their annual campaign which begins this month.