A passion for baking and a desire to feed the hungry, combined with generosity and hard work recently produced more than 200 loaves of bread for the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton.
Abington Heights High School junior Sebastian Barry, along with the assistance of his grandfather, Carmell Santa Cruz, baked the bread in four sessions at Beta Bread, Clarks Summit for Barry’s senior project. They then delivered it to the kitchen, which provides more than 225 hot meals to those in need, free of charge every day.
Barry said he decided on this particular project because of the local need among the poor for food and nutrition. He feels many people recognize the need to help the poor outside of their areas, while overlooking those in their own town or city.
“There are a lot of people in Scranton desperately in need,” he said, “so I wanted to help the people around here.”
Beta Bread owner Mike Bonczar, of Dalton, who provided his materials and space for baking the bread, pointed out the kitchen has a high demand for food because of the large amount of people it serves each day. He said he feels Barry’s project was “a good thing to do.”
“Beta Bread has been the centerpiece of the project,” Barry said. “Without Beta Bread and Mike’s generosity, I wouldn’t have even thought about doing it.”
Although he’s now finished with the project, he hopes to do it again in the near future, and even expand on the idea, inviting more people to get involved.
His favorite part of the project is seeing the appreciation on the faces of the people at the kitchen when delivering the bread.
“It makes my day,” he said.