Bakery feeding foothills charities
Business: Cobbs Bread looking for groups in need of help
By: John Barlow
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 10:18 am
Truly, there is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, but for several foothills charities the smell of free bread is just as scintillating.
Local charities will be getting fed for free thanks to a program from Cobs Bread, which recently opened in Okotoks.
Kelly Hodgins, owner of Cobs Bread in Okotoks, said the bakery has a program where end-of-day goods are donated to local charities. She said they are looking for as many as six charities to be part of the program — one for each day the store is open.
“Obviously, we want to give back to the community who supports us in our business efforts and it is just a good thing to do,” said Hodgins. “Once we opened in Okotoks we definitely started looking for charities and we are still in the process of looking for charities to include in the program.”
Thus far, two groups have registered for the Cobs Bread program including the Sandstone Lodge in Okotoks and the Rowan House Emergency Shelter in High River.
In each case volunteers have stepped up to pick-up the day-old bread at the bakery on Southridge Drive and deliver it to the facilities.
Sherrie Botten, executive director at Rowan House Emergency Shelter, said the donation from Cobs Bread is substantial because it frees up a large portion of the shelter’s food budget.
“This is a big deal for us,” said Botten. “It is amazing the amount of bread they donate.
“We have 18 people staying here at any one time and a big chunk of our budget is food. Anything that goes towards our food budget is a real bonus for us.”
The massive amount of bread donated each week is bagged and frozen and lasts Rowan House until the next delivery.
Botten said community partnerships with businesses such as Cobs Bread are essential to the success of charities such as Rowan House.
In addition, volunteers, such as Okotokian Cory Rockley who has volunteered to deliver the bread to High River each week, are crucial to the success of the program.
Hodgins said they are looking at including High Country Lodge in Black Diamond in the program as well, but they are looking for a volunteer to deliver the bread each week.
Cobs Bread opened in Okotoks on Aug. 2 and proceeds from sales at the grand opening were split between the Foothills Country Hospice and the Red Cross Flood Relief Fund.