Bread. My soon to be 14-month old loves it. Come to think of it who doesn’t love bread, especially the warm, melt-in-your mouth kind.
On a recent trip to Rhinebeck, we were so excited to get some fresh whole-grain loaves from Bread Alone. Unfortunately, it had closed at 5 p.m. when we arrived at 5:01 p.m. Some of you may have heard of Bread Alone, it’s well-known in Dutchess County and if you frequent green markets in the Hudson Valley, you may have stumbled upon their crusty baguettes. Bread Alone can be found at farmers markets in Peekskill, Ossining, Cold Spring, Tarrytown, Hastings and Pleasantville.
But this post is not about where to get said bread. Bread Alone owner, Dan Leader, along with a retired physician, hatched a plan to build bakeries in South Africa and teach the locals how to make nutritious bread and run their own businesses. Two years ago, the South African Whole Grain Bread Project (SAWBGP) was born.
The plan goes beyond giving locals employment. SAWGBP is helping to develop a bread using locally grown grains that would provide nutrition for people infected with HIV/AIDS.
Throughout time, bread has been a staple in diets in most parts of the world. So as you bite into that multi-grain slice of goodness, think about how a South African child is now also getting that same opportunity.