Last week, our Mother’s Day Bake Sale culminated with the distribution of cookies. Some of our supporters picked up their cookies from the Soup Kitchen, while others took advantage of our service through DoorDash and United Way of New York City and had their cookies delivered. Pastry Chef Shari Tanaka, along with a team of dedicated Soup Kitchen volunteers baked cookies based on recipes that had been submitted by HASK community. Two volunteers, Ellen Rymshaw and Jim Eveleno helped prep for the cookie distribution for weeks—dicing large quantities of strawberries, and chopping chocolate & nuts and, of course, baking and packaging the cookies.
This Tuesday, May 11, we distributed the leftover cookies to our Soup Kitchen guests as part of our daily meal service. It’s not every day that our guests get to enjoy gourmet cookies made by a professional pastry chef and we hope these delicious treats made their day.
Shari Tanaka was excited that our guests were able to sample her cookies. As a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Soup Kitchen, Shari explained what giving back to the community means to her: “Food is a connecter. This past week the bake sale not only raised funds for Holy Apostles Soup kitchen meal and social service programs, it brought people together to share in the gift of giving. I met so many amazing individuals this week that put a little bit of their heart into each & every cookie. I hope that both customers that purchased & guests of the HASK meal program felt some of that love.”
Thank you to Shari and her volunteers who organized and ran this tremendous bake sale! All proceeds will go directly to our meal program, allowing more of our guests to enjoy nutritious, well-rounded meals (in addition to the occasional cookie treat!).