Taking off for September

announcing my first vacation & over 4x donations from last month

Good morning bread friends!

I’ve decided that our little bakery is taking a break for the month of September. As I’m approaching a full year of baking for my community, I’m hitting the pause button and holding a little extra margin for myself this next month. I was hesitant to take a break, but now that I’ve made the decision I’m honestly excited about it for a number of reasons. I’m excited to figure out a new morning routine with my daughter as she starts kindergarten. I’m excited to do some R&D on bread. I’m excited to do a little planning for what 2022 could look like for Bread & Justice. It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t nervous about interrupting the habits that so many of you amazing customers have developed around buying & picking up bread as part of your weekly routines. But I’m trusting that we’ll pick back up together after my little hiatus and things will be better than ever.

This all means that TODAY IS A GREAT DAY to pre-order bread for Thursday because it’ll be the last Thursday to pick up bread for a little while.

As a reminder, all profits for August will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County to support their development of a skilled trade workforce center. This new center will feature a skilled trades curriculum, focused on providing young adults careers in skilled trades like plumbing and construction. I was raised with a pretty middle-class life, which was made possible largely by the fact that my dad has worked in the construction trade and for 30 years has had a good-paying union job. As he nears retirement next year, he still talks about what a good opportunity it is to work in his field. In fact, one of my little brother’s friends just got a job working for the same company as him, and my dad has been training him and coaching him on how to turn this job into a career.

All this to say, I’m serious when I say that I can personally attest that access to stable and good-paying jobs like this can create generational change within families. I’m proud that Bread & Justice will support the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in this effort to help our community to develop these career skills. Thank you for joining me in this.

Over 4x matching donations to Family Health La Clinica

I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it! This community is incredible. As you all know, Bread & Justice is a philanthropic home-based bakery. 100% of profits from the sale of bread are donated to organizations working towards building a more just society. For the month of July, this community came together to support the Family Health La ClinicaAfter all of the bread that you purchased, and all of the generous donations that folks have shared that they are making to our partner from last month, this community was able to donate a total of $1854 to support the healthcare needs of Migrant and Seasonal Ag Workers in rural Wisconsin. I want to deeply thank Britt and Adam Ryan, Gracie & Andrew Foxwell, Laura Chavez, Paul Patenaude, and Heidi & Tyler Horn for all making generous donations and greatly extended the impact of the original $401 that Bread & Justice donated.

What About Bread Club?

Bread Club pickup will still be happening for the remainder of August (today and next Tuesday). And then we’ll pick back up with offering Bread Club for the month of October. For anyone who knows that you’d like to get bread each week, you might be interested in Bread Club. Bread Club is a monthly subscription to guarantee yourself sourdough every Tuesday of each month. Reply to this email if you’re interested in joining Bread Club in October (just in time for soup season). I’ll be in touch with Bread Club members directly - but for the record, current members will have first dibs on October spots, and then it’ll be first come first serve for the remainder of the Bread Club memberships until we sell out.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. It means so much to me.

Mo Cheeks
your bread guy