LIVINGSTON — A bakery that started weeks before the pandemic hit in 2020, the Livingston Community Bakery continues to provide baked goods, made by Montanans, with Montana ingredients, with all profits going to the Livingston Food Resource Center.
“We have clients with diabetes, heart disease, all of those things and we were giving them foods that exacerbate their issues,” said George Peirce, executive director of the Livingston Food Resource Center. “Vicki started baking this bread and we started distributing it to our customers in the pantry.”
What started in the pantry, with a variety of breads, has turned into a business in downtown Livingston. Community support for baked goods and bakery donors has made manager Vicki Blakeman proud.
“We were surprised by the outpouring of community support because there hasn’t been a downtown bakery in years,” Blakeman said.
The Livingston Community Bakery uses organic and local ingredients while ensuring that leftover dough or cooked food does not go to waste. Proceeds from the bakery go directly to the community of Livingston and Park County. The bakery also delivers free loaves of bread to various pantries across the state.
“Every dollar – every dollar – spent here goes directly to Food Resource Center programming,” Peirce said.
Currently, the Livingston Food Resource Center serves approximately 450 households in Park County. In the future, the bakery hopes to welcome some of its customers to learn the culinary arts.
“To learn the basics of baking bread, kitchen sanitation and basic cooking skills so people can go get a job at one of those restaurants that are having a hard time hiring right now “, said Peirce.