Billy Bob’s Pop-Up Bakery is a new community-based project that aims to empower people with physical disabilities.
Cheryl Besner started it with her brother Andrew, who recently became wheelchair-bound. After he lost his job, he told Besner he wanted to give baking — a previous love — another shot.
D.A.D’s Bagels in NDG donated the baking ingredients and Danielle Bitton of Wave lent her industrial catering kitchen, and Billy Bob’s Pop-Up Bakery was born.
It began this week with deliveries to the NDG Food Depot, Head & Hands and the NDG community council.
“We’ve been baking every morning. We choose two to three recipes, depending on what everybody wants to do. We bake it up, we pack it up and we have been delivering them to different organizations throughout the week, nice and fresh and hot,” Besner says.
People participating in the program have different kinds of disabilities — some are in wheelchairs, while others are visually impaired. Besner says it gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride to produce the baked goods and supply them to community organizations that matter to them.
Listen to Cheryl Besner’s full interview with All In a Weekend host Sonali Karnick here: