I know what it’s like to be hungry. Not the kind where I’ve skipped breakfast from waking up late on a school morning, but the kind where my stomach went without for a few days. I’m fortunate enough to say that I only had to experience that once in my lifetime so far, and I would never wish for someone to have to go through what I went through. However, there are people who have to starve for days or even more. This is how I came up with Heart Over Hunger.
I had to do something, a project, to add a spark to myself. Heart Over Hunger did start off as a ‘project’, a bake sale, heck my teammates (Amber and Serena) and I were even planning to have the words ‘bake sale’ in the name of our project. We were to have a fundraiser through a bake sale where all profits went to a soup kitchen we selected. Nonetheless, no matter how cheesy, our project did become part of me. A part of my heart.
Planning out event by event wasn’t difficult, but actually playing out each one was. We planned to budget, contact a store to fundraise at, bake, sell the baked goods, donate and volunteer at the soup kitchen we chose, and reflect as a group. Due to our thirty day time period in which all events were to be completed in, our time was even more limited. Since all of us were busy on weekdays with school, the weekends we had were our best friends. To be honest though, we didn’t really stick to our plan. We ended up not contacting a store to fundraise at nor did we publicize as much as I liked to and neither did we budget beforehand. What really happened was that I went to the store before coming to Serena’s house to buy most of the ingredients we needed and prepped on a Saturday, May 24th to be exact, and set up the prices of our baked goods as well as our theoretical profit and cost. With more goods wanting to be made, we also walked to a nearby grocery store to purchase extra items.
Then on Monday, May 26th, we baked and baked and baked some more.
Some of the goods we baked!
Before baking though, Serena and I ventured out into the great world as we scoured the stores upon stores for containers and a few ingredients we needed. Spending a good chunk of our time looking for cotton candy. I must say when we finally found cotton candy, we both saw stars in our eyes and created a small stock pile of the sweet. Our blood, sweat, and tears were really put into this day though. After our one day break, it was game time. We sold all of the baked goods at school (in the down low of course) with Serena and I doing some more baking on Wednesday. Eventually to our surprise and amazement we sold out on Thursday. The only event that has yet to be completed is actually donating the profits to the soup kitchen. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to volunteer there this time, but hopefully if we had another Heart Over Hunger event, we will be able to volunteer.
Throughout the whole thirty days, I realized how much time it takes to bake. I am an avid baker at home but I have never baked as much as I have on this past Memorial Day. We were on our feet ninety-nine percent of the time, whether it was whipping up another batch of cupcake batter or frosting or just plain old decorating. I also learned that people will have different goals for the future from the outcome of this project. I know that Serena will be having sales next year just for her own profits, which I find a great way for her to save up some money and I admire her for her goal for next year. On the other hand, I plan on continuing on Heart Over Hunger with an annual bake sale with plans still under way for a possible collaboration. I believe that this journey so far has been good to me, and I hope I will be able to say the same or something even better for the future.
In the end, I’m very thankful that my teacher planted this project onto us because I wouldn’t have done something like this until another few years. It’s been a dream of mine for a few years now to start a nonprofit organization or soup kitchen where it truly was nonprofit, instead of most of the money donated or raised going to the CEO. I also am very grateful to Amber and Serena for being a part of Heart Over Hunger with me and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them, and I only wish them the best for their futures.