The ovens at about fifteen (15) bakeries and restaurants around Portland were doing double duty today as they produced cookies and other treats to go on sale in Portland tomorrow to benefit Planned Parenthood – whose funding has been threatened by the incoming Trump administration – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) specifically.
The cookies will be on sale beginning tomorrow morning Friday, January 20th at four locations throughout Portland. They are: Tandem Bakery. Congress Street, Little Giant, Clark Street; East End Cupcakes, Fore Street and Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine Street. Each business will sell boxes containing fifteen or so cookies for $40. per box. One hundred (100) percent of the proceeds from these sales will go to Planned Parenthood according to Emma Robitaille, manager of Little Giant, “There have already been a few advanced sales,,” she said. They will be on sale until the supply is depleted.
Kathleen Pratt brought spicy ginger molasses with toasted white chocolate on top cookies to Little Giant this afternoon. Markos Miller is donating pumpkin seed florentine cookies for the bake sale. They’ve been a popular seller and are not complicated to produce he said. This evening another group of volunteers will package the cookies in pink boxes for delivery early tomorrow morning.
The bake sale is the brainchild of Brianna Volk, co-owner of the Portland Hunt and Alipne Club in the Old Port and the recently opened Little Giant, Clark Street, in the West End.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the community to Speaker Ryan’s threat to defund Planned Parenthood. It means the world to our patients and staff that the people of Mane are ready to stand with us in this fight.
We have proudly served the Portland community for decades, offering high-quality, affordable care to all who come through our doors and we won’t back down from our promise to meet the needs of our patients, today and everyday.
During this unprecedented political time, we will continue to fight for a world of equity, care, education and activism – a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights, where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are or where you live, and where everyone is able to live free from discrimination in all forms.
And as Friday’s fundraiser demonstrates, we are in good company,” wrote Nicole D. Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy, Maine Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, in an email to mhn.com