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Student battles hunger by ‘Baking with Love’

STATE COLLEGE — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local State College teen, Madeline Krentzman has created the Bake With Love Project to support those struggling with food insecurity.

Madeline was inspired by the Centre County YMCA’s constant efforts to eliminate local child and family hunger. Through its Travelin’ Table School Bus and meal drop offs, it has been able to assist local families struggling with food insecurity.

Madeline wanted to find a way to support the programs while creating something that she was passionate about. She had a desire to create a baking cookbook because she has always found joy in baking, and benefiting her community through baking was the perfect opportunity.

As the first part of her project, Madeline has created the Bake With Love Cookbook which features family recipes from her close friends and family.

Madeline compiled and edited all of the recipes included within the Bake With Love Cookbook. Those who submitted recipes are professional and amateur bakers ranging from 11 to 85 years old. Many cultures are represented in the Bake With Love Cookbook, including: Jewish, Armenian, Russian, Columbian, Indian, Italian, Polish, Hong Kong, Swedish, Ukranian, “Pennsylvanian Dutch” and Mennonite. The Bake With Love Cookbook goes beyond the recipe by sharing the stories and traditions surrounding the dish.

After months of compiling recipes, Madeline will be selling the cookbooks in local businesses and on her website, bakewithlove.org. All of the profits will go to the Centre County YMCA’s anti-hunger programs. This cookbook is her first part of the Bake With Love Project. In the future, she aims to do more for the Centre County YMCA’s anti-hunger programs through COVID-safe events and additional projects.

To keep up with the Bake With Love Project, follow it on Instagram @bakewithlove.project.

To purchase a cookbook and make a donation to the YMCA, visit bakewithlove.org.

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