A taste tempting Minneapolis charity that teaches teens life skills in a bakery setting had a transportation need while its headquarters was being revamped.
During the five-month process, Cookie Cart needed vans to transport children to a classroom space within three miles of its facility. Luther donated a lease on two late model minivans from Brookdale Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
“I’m like pinching myself. This is not real,” said Bakery Program Manager Stacy Schleeter. Another staff member said she couldn’t believe this was happening to their small organization, which started in 1988.
The bakery produces some 180,000 cookies each year. Most of the cookies are distributed in the Twin Cities, and are particularly popular in downtown Minneapolis.
Cookie Cart often provides that initial job experience for a young person in a very competitive market, said Taronda Richardson, program director.
Luther’s temporary transport solution will help 15 to 20 children get to and from their classes. How much does this save the organization? Richardson said one provider wanted $11,000 to rent two vans for the short period.
Will employees get a taste of this nonprofit’s work? Maybe soon. “We’re doing what we can to get Cookie Cart cookies in our stores,” said Matt Oquist, Luther’s director of community engagement.