Bake-It Forward: Aunty Ann
Baking = me-time? Turn that equation around, and you get a day in Aunty Ann’s life at the 414 Community Hub!
There, Aunty Ann is a locum and a key member of operations, which include preparation for its neighbourhood community lunches that happen thrice weekly. “Here, once I start preparing something, resident volunteers will come in to help me very soon after,” she says. “They’re all great with their hands, so I learn a lot from them – and we get things done fast, so more people can enjoy!”
Preparing goodies for a community Iftar gathering, Aunty Ann and the 414 residents work in perfect sync to present an unlikely dessert: the Chinese Ang Ku Kueh. “It’s simple but special, because we add our own twist,” she explains. “Instead of the usual red, we use pumpkins to make it yellow, and create a unique shape using fruit wraps!”
Despite her culinary prowess, Aunty Ann remains humble. “It’s not that my baking is that nice… but when you see the residents’ eyes sparkle as they eat, you feel their joy – even the makciks love what we make.”
In the wake of the pandemic, Aunty Ann’s hopes for the community hub remain strong. “I hope to get better each time I bake here, as my greatest goal is for people to enjoy my food,” she says. “Because food is how we reach out to residents to help other residents – for the community, from the community.”
The #AMKFSCBakeItForward campaign features inspiring stories from bakers in our community 👨🍳 Like how Aunty Ann fosters community and collaboration through baking, Bakeryhearts Amkfsc provides vulnerable women with a safe space to find community and gain social and baking skills. Donate to support their cause here.