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Together We Bake Adapts To Current Situation To Meet Community Needs In Alexandria

Together We Bake is one of the nonprofits that benefit from Spring2ACTion. This organization helps women become self-sufficient through hands-on experience in foodservice and hospitality. Four sessions are offered per year and there are usually between 10 and 12 women in each of the four sessions. This year’s spring session has been canceled due to coronavirus. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, TWB co-director, and Alexandria vice mayor said in an email said, "We are staying in touch with the nine women who had already been accepted for the [s]pring program and trying to determine when we will be able to start the next class,” Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, TWB co-director and Alexandria vice mayor, said in an email. “Since we already have a class that is almost full, it could result in increased demand for the subsequent ones." According to, "TWB has also been in touch with approximately 30 program graduates to provide psychosocial support and financial assistance for rent and other necessities, Bennett-Parker said. This week, the TWB kitchen reopened to prepare for orders and shipments commencing May 4, in time for Mother’s Day. As they work, staff are taking care to maintain distance from each other and wear masks and gloves during food production." As per, "TWB is partnering with the Goodhart Group and local restaurants to feed healthcare workers. They will contribute chocolate chip cookies, and the Goodhart Group will match every online order of an “essential cookie for an essential worker."

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