Mesa bakery collecting food products in exchange for pastries

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Arizona business owner who has struggled to keep her doors open due to COVID-19 is counting her blessings and giving back.

“I have been a trained chef for over 35 years and in 2010 I decided to focus on the sweeter side of life,” said Julie Smith, owner of Mesa Cupcakesters Bakery.

Smith opened his bakery just as the pandemic struck.

“So we survived the first few months of our opening in July,” Smith said. “As a new business, the seasons change, the holidays follow, we were on the rise – and then last summer it all kind of died out.”

However, Smith says Mesa is a great place to live and the community has started to come together around her. Now it’s her turn to give back.

“I want to give back, I want to show where my heart is and help the next person so that they can maybe give back and pay for the next one as well,” Smith said.

Smith collects cans of non-perishable food in exchange for hand-rolled, hand-cut cupcakes or sugar cookies.

“What we are specifically looking for are bread, peanut butter, jelly and cracker boxes so that we can feed people who cannot have a roof over their heads and appliances for cooking or cooking. “she said.

The bakery has chosen to help A New Leaf Men’s Center, which helps men facing homelessness, and Community Medical Services, which helps those suffering from drug addiction.

Smith will be collecting the cans until December 20.

More on Cupcakesters: https://www.cupcakesters.org/

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