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Dough-nating for a Good Cause

Students Mixing Ingredients

Osher students are dough-nating for a good cause.

Students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University were treated to a demonstration on the finer points of bread baking. The demonstration, led by King Arthur Flour, was a fun, interactive tutorial on the chemistry of bread baking, the differences among wheat flours, and kneading and shaping techniques. (photo gallery)

The Osher students were sent home with flour, yeast, a dough scraper, and recipe booklet --  all donated by King Arthur Flour -- plus a homework assignment: Bake two loaves of brad, and bring one back to Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.  Woman bagging flour

 That loaf, in turn, was donated to the Interfaith Works Empty Bowls dinner.

Empty Bowls is part of an international grassroots movement to fight hunger. Empty Bowls and Interfaith Works collaborate to fight hunger in Montgomery County.

“Participation in this event is another example of how our Osher members love to contribute to the community while also learning and having fun,” said Mary Kay Shartle Galotto, director of Osher at JHU. “Many generous members have brought their grandchildren to learn about bread making and have also donated time and funds to Empty Bowls. This is a terrific collaborative opportunity.”

Osher provides educational courses and a social environment for retired and semi-retired adults. Approximately 700 Osher students take courses at the JHU campus in Rockville.

The Interfaith Works Empty Bowls event was at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center - Washington Hebrew Congregation in Potomac. Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is a program sponsor.

Each attendee at the dinner had a modest meal – including the bread baked by Osher students – and took home a hand-crafted bowl to serve as a reminder that hunger and homelessness are problems in Montgomery County.

Interfaith works touches the lives of 20,000 people in Montgomery County every year. Approximately 900 people experience homelessness on a daily basis in Montgomery County.

“What you’re doing is paying it forward and sharing,” Charlotte Garvey, communications manager at Interfaith Works, told the participants at the bread baking demonstration. “Bread fundamentally is something for us all to share.

“Interfaith Works is honored to receive a donation of home-baked bread thanks to the generosity of the Osher lifetime learns and Johns Hopkins Montgomery County. Our Empty Bowls event helps shine the spotlight on the serious issue of food insecurity in our generally affluent area.”

CATEGORY: Academics, In The Community