A 13-Year-Old Boy's Bakery Business Is Feeding The Homeless

A 13-Year-Old’s Bakery Business Is Feeding Those In Need One Cupcake At A Time

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Michael’s Desserts one for one cupcake business is feeding those experiencing homelessness

13-year-old Michael Platt of Bowie, Maryland is the proud owner of Michael’s Desserts, a one for one philanthropic bakery. For each cupcake, cake, macaron, or cookie sold — Michael donates a treat to someone experiencing homelessness. According to his bio, Platt decided to create the bakery because he’s “passionate about ending inequality [so] I tried to do something about it… I decided to take on food inequality. As I see it, food is a right, not a privilege.”

Platt appeared on season four of the Food Network competition series Kids Baking Championship when he was 11, and we can’t wrap our head around the fact that a middle-school kid is the brain child behind these elegant treats.

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Golden Milk Cupcakes! Each month I’m going to be creating a cupcake based on a Freedom Fighter that I admire. This month I made this cupcake to honor GrandPa Kitchen!! He’s a grandpa in India who cooks huge amounts of food for orphans in his town. He is one of my absolute favorite modern day freedom fighters! @Grandpa_Kitchen Check out my story and my IGTV to learn more. I’ll be at @thespicesuite on the 23rd with these Golden Milk cupcakes. Every cupcake you buy, buys a dessert for someone in need If you’d like to preorder and pick up for the 23rd Golden Milk, Sweet Potato, Mocha Mini Cakes or my surprise Chef’s Choice cupcake please send me a message! #kidbaker #baking #goldenmilk #cupcake #1for1 #feedthepeople #tumeric #boybaker #dessert #cookies #grandpakitchen #hunger #michaelsdesserts #thespicesuite #freedomfighter #bakingadifference #minimalistbaker

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Although we think Michael’s Desserts and his charitable mission is delightful and encouraging, he has encountered naysayers who think cupcakes don’t end hunger.

“In my opinion a cupcake can do a lot!” he wrote on Instagram. “I’ve seen a cupcake inspire smiles, tears, amazement, joy, satisfaction, happiness and other private emotions that I won’t share out of respect for people’s dignity. I’ve passed a cupcake to someone sitting with all their possessions in a shopping cart and had them tell me that this one simple act gave them hope…That’s why I give away cupcakes.”

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“Your business model isn’t sustainable. What can a cupcake do?” My answer to adults who tell me this: In my opinion a cupcake can do a lot! I’ve seen a cupcake inspire smiles, tears, amazement, joy, satisfaction, happiness and other private emotions that I won’t share out of respect for people’s dignity. I’ve passed a cupcake to someone sitting with all their possessions in a shopping cart and had them tell me that this one simple act gave them hope. I’ve left a cupcake beside someone who’s sleeping under blankets on a grate because their friend on the grate next to them said it was ok when I asked. That’s why I give away cupcakes. I’ve been told that my business model isn’t sustainable and that I can’t scale my business while giving away a dessert equal in value, ingredients and labor to the ones I sell. I just look at those people and think about the next cupcake I’m going to give away! #hunger #changetheworld #giveaway #cupcakes #food #foodaccess #foodjustice #foodsecurity #dignity #feedthepeople #cookies #pie #changeagent #bethechange #kidpreneur #dreams #hope #sweettreats #oneforone #1for1

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According to The Washington Post, he sells about 75 cupcakes a month and is able to give 100 treats away, which he drops off twice a month at shelters and other homeless areas in need. However, Platt told us he hopes to scale his business and feed even more people.

“I do have goals to increase my cupcakes,” Platt tells ScaryMommy. “My parents and I have been looking for a shared kitchen space for a few months. I hope to be able to increase my capacity by the fall of this year!”

Not only does Platt feed his community with sweet treats, but every month he honors a different Freedom Fighter by creating a cupcake in their name. This month’s carrot, pistachio, and spice cupcake is in honor of “Malala Yousafzai and her work to be sure that everyone who wants an education can have an education.”

Anytime the news feels overwhelming and the world seems to be in a constant state of chaos, take a break to remember that social justice warriors like Platt are out here, making the world a better place, one cupcake at a time.