BAKING A DIFFERENCE
We feel that supporting our community and giving back is vital - below are some of the ways we aim to "bake a difference:"
Supporting non-profits that benefit children
We donated 5% of our revenue during the height of the pandemic to the following non-profits:
- No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Especially in this time of distance learning, many kids who rely are school meals are at risk of not receiving the food they need. Madre Made ran a 2-year campaign with No Kid Hungry, donating 5% of our revenue and we are proud to have been featured in the 2020 No Kid Hungry Annual Report as a strong supporter of their cause. Learn more here.
- Sierra Madre Community Nursery School is a play-based, NAEYC accredited, parent participation school that offers a high quality educational experience from preschool through kindergarten in a natural setting. Children develop social and emotional skills through developmentally play guided by teachers and parents working in the classroom. Madre Made made significant donations during the school during the 2020-2021 school year, when the pandemic caused financial hardship for the school. Learn more about the school here.
Local, Seasonal Ingredients
We partner with local farmers to incorporate only seasonal ingredients into our baked goods. This cuts down on transportation emissions from shipping off-season fruit from other regions. We also use local, California artisan flour in our bread products from a mill called Central Milling. We aim to support local business and agriculture in as many ways as possible.
We aim to avoid plastic packaging whenever possible. We love using compostable parchment paper, boxes made from recyclable materials, and biodegradable jute string.
The kraft-style bakery boxes we use are uncoated and no chemicals are used to change their natural organic appearance. The natural brown paperboard uses around 25-30% less fiber than other box materials. Against bleached paperboard, it is better for the environment because strong solvents are not used to bleach the pulp. Also, the fiber for these brown/brown boxes comes from SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) lumber - lumber collected and reforested utilizing environmentally friendly practices.