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Students bake 10,000 cookies for inmates

 

San Mateo County Jail inmates have a truckload of yummy treats coming their way this week -- 10,000, to be exact.

For the third year in a row, students from JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that serves low-income San Mateo County residents, have baked thousands of cookies for inmates ranging in flavor from chocolate chip to peanut butter with jelly in the middle

"Every kind that you can possibly imagine," said Lori Stone, director of development and marketing for JobTrain.

This morning, the cookies were picked up by members of the San Mateo County Service League, a nonprofit that coordinates services and activities within San Mateo County jails.

The league will package the cookies and deliver them to the inmates on Thursday. Each inmate will get 10 cookies, Stone said.

The mass baking began in 2008 when the jail, which Stone said provided cookies as gifts to the inmates each year, fell short.

They contacted JobTrain on Dec. 23 and asked if the nonprofit's culinary students could make 3,000 cookies in one day.

"One of those students was a former inmate and said, 'You know what? I got those cookies,'" Stone said. JobTrain came through.

In 2009, JobTrain students made 6,000 cookies. This year, they started in November and surpassed the 10,000 mark, Stone said.

Participants in the culinary program are both adults and high school students, who gain school credit and real-world experience that will help them get jobs that involve mass food production.

"Somebody can put on their resume, yes, they can put out 10,000 cookies," Stone said with a laugh.

There are currently 24 students in the culinary program, Stone said.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

"San Mateo County Jail inmates have a truckload of yummy treats coming their way this week -- 10,000, to be exact."... "Each inmate will get 10 cookies."

Cookies for inmates? Really? They couldn't find anyone better to bake cookies for? Senior citizens, homeless shelters, etc.

Lame.


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Posted by Mr Grinch
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 26, 2010 at 1:18 am

Yo, Bob from MP:

Will you show up over at JobTrain and spend some time with them, including offering your suggestions as to whom they should be charitable with?

And make the phone calls to coordinate? Or just groan online?

Bless you, JobTrain! Great spirit! I'm sure the fool busted in the "WAR ON DRUGS" appreciates the semi-sweet chocolate chip.

Merry Christmas, all....


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

"Yo", Mr. Grinch from A-town,

Are you actually arguing that inmates are deserving of "yummy treats" while incarcerated?

I wonder how the VICTIMS of these CRIMINALS would feel about them getting cookies while in JAIL serving time for their CRIME(S). [Portion removed; see terms of use.]


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Posted by Cookie Monster
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

Next year maybe JobTrain could provide them with warm milk also, then tuck them in after reading them a bedtime story.

Just horrible that such wonderful generosity is wasted on such dregs.


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Posted by Mr Grinch
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

There ya go again: drawing up a straw man that doesn't reflect what was written! Moan, groan, and pontificate as if folks cared about your complaints, especially at this time of year.

But I'll be happy to repeat what I said:

"Will you show up over at JobTrain and spend some time with them, including offering your suggestions as to whom they should be charitable with?

And make the phone calls to coordinate? Or just groan online?"

The great folks at JobTrain are DOING something, if you don't like it, why not go down and volunteer a few hours offering your "superior" guidance?


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

My question: What would Jesus do? Methinks he would be pleased with this gesture and endorse it. Not as an everyday thing, but very occasionally.

Incarcerated people may need reasons to aspire to a better life more than the rest of us. Cookies from kids is a window into that better life. Maybe a couple of them will look through it and resolve to turn their lives around.


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Posted by Boardermom
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 28, 2010 at 1:13 am

Hey Guys,
It totally bums me out that you all are so willing to dump all over a bunch of prisoners receiving cookies on Christmas Eve. Geeze Louise, are you all so perfect, so without any blunder of mistake in your lives that you can be so demeaning of others? Where is your compassion? Do you not realize that many people commit crimes because they lack empathy for others? That is the definition of someone who is antisocial. I sure hope that when you all are down on your luck in life, that someone comes along and reminds you that you matter, no matter what you have done. Calling people "dregs", Cookie Monster? And not crimes have victims, Bob. Lack of civility begins at home, boys.


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