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South Jordan shop hands out free bread, invites customers to pay it forward


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MAGNA — A South Jordan pastry shop has managed to keep its doors open during the pandemic, but now they’re going out to the community with their freshly baked bread, encouraging customers to pay it forward.

One could say the folks at Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage in South Jordan are rolling out their bread and butter, with enough loaves to feed a village.

“We thought it would be a good gesture,” said owner, Steve Borg.

With that goodness in mind, Steve set up at Cyprus High School in Magna.

“There’s areas that can’t get to our store or anything like that,” said Borg.

Other employees delivered loaves to homes in one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the earthquake.

But there’s something different about this bread, other than the obvious drive-thru service.

When customers pull up, they are given two loaves of bread, but instead of paying for them, employees want them to pay it forward, giving one of them away to someone else.

“If they check on their neighbors, then it was worth it,” Borg said.

Borg has already been giving away bread at his shops.

“Businesses are not doing what they were doing before,” Borg said.

But by handing it out, his store has managed to keep the ovens on through the pandemic.

“I’ve got all my employees, and they’re all working as much as they want, so that makes me happy too because they’re family,” Borg said.

This seemingly small act has inspired others to action — from people donating cash to ingredients like Ogden-based supplier Honeyville.

“People donate in the stores because they want to, and I don’t want to take that away from them, but we’re doing this today,” said Borg. “We don’t want [money], we just want people to be happy, just take the bread.”

These loaves of bread prove they’re food for the soul.

“We’ll just do what we can — if we have to be creative and do something different later on, we’ll figure it out,” Borg said.

Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage plans on visiting other communities with their free bread.

You can visit their Facebook page for more information.


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