About the Project
The InKind Baking Project started in Philadelphia in January 2017. Prompted by the turmoil of current events and the targeting of various communities, bakers from all over the city volunteered to bake for their neighbors as a sign of welcome, community, and solidarity. As of January 2020, our 656 bakers (and counting) have baked for over 43,000 people, including birthday cakes for families staying in a homeless shelter, cookies for refugees, cupcakes for ESL classes, muffins for immigration clinics, and more. News coverage of the project is available via the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Citizen, CBS3 Philadelphia, and Edible Philly. Our project bakers range from enthusiastic amateur to all-but-professional, and we are happy to consider requests from both individuals and organizations for donations in-kind and in kindness.
Molly Lester, Project Founder
BAKE FOR THE PROJECT
We can always use more bakers! Whether you are a professional or an enthusiast, we would love to have you. Join our listserv, find out about upcoming requests, and bake as often or as sparingly as your schedule allows.
(Note: Our geography will expand as our network grows, but we are currently most active within the City of Philadelphia.)
DONATE TO THE PROJECT
All funds raised help to offset costs for baking supplies and fund the expansion of the project. Contact us if you would prefer to donate by check. All donations are
Frequently Asked Questions
Curious to learn more about how this all works? Check out our FAQs for bakers and requests.
Request Baked Goods
We welcome requests for any baked goods and any occasion, as long as it fulfills our mission of supporting our neighbors in inclusive community. We are happy to bake for both individuals and organizations, on a one-time or recurring basis. Unfortunately, we cannot bake for any fundraising events.
Because we are all volunteers and need time to plan for events, we ask that you submit requests at least 2 weeks in advance, or for larger events (100+ people), at least 4 weeks in advance. Once we receive your request, we will follow up to confirm our capacity and your needs.
We ask every requesting individual / organization to agree to this waiver.
Note: If the request form does not load, please feel free to send us an email at InKindBakingPHLrequests (at) gmail.com with your information.
***PLEASE NOTE: As of March 16, 2020, we are suspending all of our baking commitments until further notice, out of an abundance of caution for the coronavirus. Check back later to submit a future request.***
To date, our partners have included:
Nationalities Service Center
Salvation Army Red Shield Residence
Salvation Army New Day Center
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Ronald McDonald House
Visitation Community Center
Girard Medical Center
Morris Animal Refuge
Women in Transition (WIT)
Joseph's House (Camden, NJ)
Start your own
The InKind Baking Project has been one big experiment since its founding. If you're interested in starting a similar baking network in your town, we're happy to share some tips and lessons learned!