Here's how you do hunger activism and community-building in an accessible, scalable, social, and fun manner, three loaves of bread at a time. Plus, a tasty bread recipe.
Four years ago, as part of a project to spread as much happiness as possible with just $100 (Yahoo!'s Ripple of Kindness), Jerry James Stone and a few friends spent hours baking a bunch of bread to give to the hungry in San Francisco, which ended up being a rewarding, yet exhausting, experience. That type of event, says Jerry, "was just too hard" for him to regularly repeat, so he's come up with an easier, and more participatory, way to feed the hungry, while also building community.
Initially begun through Jerry's food site, Cooking Stoned, the Three Loaves movement is rather simple at its core, and it enables everyone to make a difference in their community through food. Every month, participants receive a "fresh, seasonal" bread recipe via email, and then they make three loaves of bread - one for them, one for a friend, and one for someone in need. Since its inception in July of this year, the Three Loaves movement has been picking up steam, growing to about 400 participants so far, and now has its own dedicated website.
I reached out to Jerry (who is also a former TreeHugger writer) to find out a little bit more about this project: