CICF News / 2013 / September / News Post
September 19, 2013
For More Than Just Thought

Powered almost solely by volunteers, Free Cakes For Kids (UK) matches families in need with passionate home bakers in their communities. The result? Incredible, free birthday cakes for children who rarely get to enjoy such a treat, along with new growing networks of connected and engaged neighbors and friends. Founded in 2008, Free Cakes delivered its 1,000th cake in July 2013.

According to a recent article in the Guardian, “charity baking” (and a host of off-shoots) is helping philanthropic foodies feed the less fortunate in their communities.

The concept of “food rescue” isn’t a new one: New York City’s City Harvest began rescuing and repurposing food back in 1982, and to date, has collected 46 million pounds of food, and now delivers to 400 community food programs. Locally, Second Helpings, a food rescue organization (and much more), opened its doors in 1998. Besides delivering 3,500 hot, nutritious meals each day to 70 social service agencies throughout central Indiana, it also offers a Culinary Job Training program that has helped more than 500 men and women earn careers as cooks, executive chefs, business owners and culinary instructors. Second Helpings is supported by The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF, The Glick Fund and a number of other funds at Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Read more about projects that alleviate senior hunger and help food insecure households in Hamilton County.