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May 5, 2020

Bakery on pace to make 5,300 loaves for needy

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Haymarket Regional Food Pantry volunteers last month prepare to distribute donated bread from Great Harvest.
We live in an incredibly generous community that is aware that just because many of us have a certain level of food security during this crisis, not everyone does.
— Pablo Teodoro, owner of Great Harvest Bread Co.
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Staff Journalist
As of Monday, the Old Town Warrenton bakery had received about $26,500 in donations to make bread for food pantries facing great challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pablo Teodoro, owner to Great Harvest Bread Co. at 108 Main St., launched the project about seven weeks ago, after a customer complained that she couldn’t buy bread at local supermarkets because of hoarding.

In post that day on Great Harvest’s Facebook page, Mr. Teodoro said that he could fill all bread orders, no matter the size.

A person who read the post expressed concern that Fauquier Community Food Bank at 249 E. Shirley Ave. in Warrenton lacked bread. After some discussion with him, the woman ultimately gave Mr. Teodoro $700 to supply bread to the food bank.

He mentioned the woman’s “amazing generosity” on the bakery’s Facebook page.

Then donations poured in from others who wished to support the cause. In the first day, Great Harvest collected more than $1,400, Mr. Teodoro said.

The bakery today provides bread to 10 pantries or groups, including four in Fauquier.

Most Great Harvest loaves retail at $8, Mr. Teodoro said. He produces them for $5 apiece for food banks, donating $3 per loaf.

The bakery so far has produced about 3,900 loaves, leaving about a $7,000 “reserve,” he said.

“If the donations stopped today,” Mr. Teodoro said Monday, “we could bake on reserve for about two weeks.”

The size and number of contributions lately have dipped, he said.

“We got higher donations in the beginning and fewer donations now,” said Mr. Teodoro, 53.

Describing a phenomenon he called “donor fatigue,” the baker added: “People’s interests move elsewhere.”

But if the bakery continues to receive $3,250 in donations per week, Great Harvest can continue to produce 650 loaves a week for food banks “as long as we need to,” Mr. Teodoro said.

He still marvels at the response to the project.

“We live in an incredibly generous community that is aware that just because many of us have a certain level of food security during this crisis, not everyone does,” Mr. Teodoro said. “We’re really grateful to be part of that. I never dreamed this would have happened.”

The bakery takes cash, check and credit card donations. Contributions also can be made online via Venmo at @greatharvestwarrenton.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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