Baked Relief is a movement started by Danielle Crismani aka Digella after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Separated from her boys who were with her mum (whose property was affected by flooding) and needing to do something, she came up with the idea to start baking some relief for the State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane.
She put the word out about what she was doing on her blog http://digella.blogspot.com and on Twitter and Facebook and offers of help and baking came rushing in. It has just grown beyond imagining since then and Baked Relief is now in the hands of hundreds of home cooks and bakers and is reaching people who are recovering from the floods and cyclone and all of those thousands of volunteers helping them.
Baked Relief provided food to people, to Volunteering QLD, the SES, QLD Police, Fire & Ambulance workers, the military helping clean up and just anyone who was out there doing what they could.
The Lockyer Valley & FNQ New Beginnings, Cookbook Drives, Christmas in July projects are just a few of the initiatives being worked on as a way to continue to support families affected by the natural disasters of 2011.
Baked Relief has evolved from the first plate of food Danielle brought to her local SES and is continuing to grow and progress through phases that will hopefully be long term support for those in need.
Throughout this whole process the imporance of providing support directly to families affected by using local businesses has been key in rebuilding these towns.
Check back on our home page here to see what projects are currently underway.
For more information about Danielle and what she has been doing please visit her blog. http://digella.blogspot.com/