Kookie Kids Team: Brock Cook, Alec Wisnefski, Sean Randles, Kelsea Bowman, Andy Helphenstine, and Grace Oves. By Ryan GivensThe kitchen at St. Peter’s Church was running at full force Monday morning as the Kookie Kids team shaped, baked, and packed over 2,000 cookies destined for sale at Wednesday’s Farmers Market. Kookie Kids, as the name implies, are a charitable foundation run by kids for kids. Started as a creative and generous outlet for local children, Kookie Kids continues this spirit for its second summer looking to serve the community.Grace, Andy, and Kelsea prepare the next batch of cookies.Kookie Kids began in 2016, pioneered by Katie Bowman. Katie at 13 was a year too young to begin a summer job, but rather then see that time go to waste, she founded her own charity with support from St. Peter’s Church. After its inaugural year, Kookie Kids has donated over $3,000, and is in no way slowing down, having raised nearly $700 just last week. This year Katie’s sister Kelsea and her friends lead the cookie baking.Kookie Kids utilize the kitchen at St. Peters ChurchKookie Kids are committed to their slogan “Kids Helping Kids.” In 2016, profits were donated to 3 different funds for children: The Randle’s Boys Foundation (helps brothers Colin and Sean Randles in their fight against Cystic Fibrosis), Family Promise (an organization raising money for families facing homelessness), and a personal sponsorship for Karien (a Dominican girl learning English). This summer, Kookie Kids continue their commitment to these charitable funds, and are expanding to help others in need. Last week, donations went to Matt Fumo as he recovers from a tragic water accident.Sean, Brock, and Alec manage the cookie packaging.St. Peter’s Church proudly supports Kookie Kids’ charitable cause. Having access to the Church’s Health Certified Kitchen and aid from church members, this allows Kookie Kids a clean an efficient workplace to bake batches of delicious cookies.The Kookie Kids team prepare 150 packages for this weeks sales.This week, Kookie Kids once again are raising money for the Randles Boys Foundation. Come be a part of this wonderful cause as the kids sell their fresh cookies Wednesday at the Farmers Market located at the Tabernacle on 9th and Asbury from 8am -1pm. Come to this weeks farmer’s market to help the cause.
Ken McMeikan, the chief executive of Greggs, has accused the Chancellor of having “lost touch” – after he admitted he could not remember the last time he bought a pasty from the high street BB75 baker.Osborne was left squirming when he was asked about his purchases in Greggs in parliament yesterday.His shock admission comes as the British Baker petition for the government to look again at the decision to slap VAT on freshly baked pasties and pies went live on the Number 10 website.To signal your displeasure, sign the online petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32044 or can visit our Facebook campaign page at http://www.facebook.com/saynotopietax.McMeikan said ministers did not appreciate the impact changes to VAT rules would have on ordinary people. The high street chain saw millions wiped off its shares after the Budget closed a loophole that has meant some hot takeaway foods, such as sausage rolls and pasties, escaped the duty.Speaking on BBC2’s Newsnight, McMeikan said he feared the changes would seriously damage the industry and cause job losses. “I think to a degree they have lost touch with the issue here – that for ordinary, hard-working families putting 20% on to a product that is freshly baked actually is going to make a severe dent in their pockets when they can ill afford it,” he said. “George Osborne, I think, would benefit from coming and spending time with us and spending time with our customers.”Appearing before the Commons Treasury Committee yesterday, Osborne was forced to confess he was not a regular customer of the chain. Asked by Labour MP John Mann the last time he bought a pasty there, he replied: “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pasty in Greggs.”Mann retorted: “That kind of sums it up.”