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Out & About: Little cupcakes make a big difference to benefit Meals on Wheels

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/22/2021 10:46:21 PM
Modified: 9/22/2021 10:46:25 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — If you want to eat 16 mini cupcakes, go to the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

There you’ll be able to sample cupcakes made by 16 Upper Valley bakers during the “The Great Bugbee Bake Off.” The $10 fee to get in supports the center’s Meals on Wheels program, which covers Hartford, Norwich and Thetford. During 2020, the center delivered more than 25,000 meals, an increase over past years due to the pandemic.

“We were delivering to people we had never delivered to,” Susan Manley, activity and volunteer coordinator at Bugbee, said.

While Bugbee has received federal funding to help with costs, it also had to scale back or cancel fundraisers due to the pandemic. Its annual December cookie walk became a drive-thru event last year, “but we did not have a lot of folks come to that,” Manley said. “It was not nearly as successful as a regular year.” The community has also stepped up and donated in response to a letter the center sent out.

The bake off was inspired by a similar event held at a senior center in Connecticut.

While participants are welcome to try each of the 16 cupcakes, it is not a requirement for participating. Each baker is contributing 100 miniature cupcakes.

Participants can then vote for their favorites in overall taste, overall creativity and overall visual appearance.

“They can decorate them; they can make more than one flavor of cupcake,” Manley said.

“We want to keep them mini so people don’t overeat, because they’re going to be trying 16 different cupcakes,” Manley said.. “I’m going to commit, but I don’t think everyone else has to.”

Editor’s note: For more information, call 802-295-9068.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.




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