Salt Lake City's 'Bread Lady' teaches us how to give back

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SALT LAKE CITY — People call Shauna Devenport "The Bread Lady." Every morning, she takes hundreds, even thousands of pounds of surplus food and clothes and gives it away.

For more than two decades Devenport has been collecting boxes of food, sometimes up to 2,000 pounds, and puts it on her front porch for anyone who wants it. All the items are too old for grocers to sell but it's still edible.

"It's so hard to explain the blessings, but I see miracles everyday," Devenport said.

All this started when Devenport's daughter, Kate Nielsen, was just a teenager and now it's a part of her daily routine.

"Honestly, we thought she was crazy," Nielsen said. "It's an excellent example for my children."

Some of the people Devenport has helped are now giving back and volunteering themselves and she hopes more will do the same.

While Devenport is the one putting boxes of food and clothes on her porch for others, she says becoming "The Bread Lady" has helped her as well.

"This brings me so much joy."

Devenport says by the end of each day, most of the food is gone. Anything left over often goes to farmers to feed their animals.


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