Earlier this month, pastry chef Paola Velez put a call out to her Instagram followers asking them to join her to combat racism using an unconventional method: baking.
We know that baking is a great way to destress, but Paola recognized its power to bring people together to tackle a problem. Within a few days, Paola created Bakers Against Racism, a community of hundreds of bakers ready to hop in the kitchen to make their favorite treats for a nationwide bake sale running June 15-20, 2020. All proceeds of these sales are being donated toward charities benefitting Black communities.
How to Find a Bakers Against Racism Bake Sale Near You
The easiest way to support Bakers Against Racism is to shop a bake sale yourself. They’re scheduled in almost 200 cities across the country plus several abroad. Check out their Instagram stories and the hashtag #bakersagainstracism for sale announcements—new bakers are adding events and digital order forms regularly.
Depending on where you live, you might find some big names participating in the sales. Christina Tosi, pastry chef and Master Chef Junior judge, will be hosting Bakers Against Racism bake sales in Los Angeles and New York. Cheryl and Griffith Day, authors of one of our favorite vintage cookbooks and owners of Back in the Day Bakery, are hosting a sale in Savannah, Georgia. You can even get Blondery blondies or Georgetown Cupcakes shipped to you while supporting the sale.
While the group isn’t supporting a single nonprofit with the proceeds, participants are dedicated to donating to nonprofits benefitting the Black community including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Campaign Zero (where Christina is donating her proceeds).
How to Participate in a Bake Sale
You can join Paola and hundreds of other pro pastry chefs and home bakers—it’s not too late! The group asks participants to bake at least 150 dessert items, sell them and donate the proceeds to an appropriate charity.
You can do this individually, by hosting an old-fashioned (yet socially distanced) bake sale, or link up with neighbors or local bakeries. Many people and businesses are setting up digital order forms and packaging up their goodies for curbside pickup throughout the week.
If you’re ready to bake up hundreds of cookies, brownies or other treats, contact Bakers Against Racism to find out the next steps.