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Student-run bakery Fresh Start reopens in Gloucester County after pandemic break

SEWELL, New Jersey (WPVI) – At Fresh Start Bakery in Sewell New Jersey, the real work begins when the bell rings.

The bakery is located inside the Gloucester County Institute of Technology and recently reopened to the public for the first time in 18 months.

“The students do the production for the store. We also have a cafe for the staff,” said Daneen Clark, professor of baking and pastry arts at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

“I was actually really excited about it because I knew we would be a lot busier than last year,” said Amanda Pepe, a sophomore student at Mantua Twp.

COVID-19 restrictions aside, Clark says there simply weren’t enough in-person baking students last year to keep the bakery stocked.

“We would have four to five seniors coming in to work, when normally this class had 28 students,” Clark said.

Now the commercial bakery is fully operational and the students are baking pepperoni bread, donuts, pies and more.

“Instead of doing three of something, we’re doing 10-20,” laughed Adrianna Cinelli, a sophomore from Washington Twp.

All the money that is made from the sale of baked goods helps keep the program going.

But the students say it’s the experience that is really valuable.

“The kids come after school to get it, and it’s just good when you see them walking around with your things,” said Raygen Huntsinger, a sophomore from Elk Township.

“They can see what it’s like to work in a busy production kitchen, which is great for them,” Clark said.

After baking for practice for over a year, these candies are made with a little extra love.

“Someone could, say, walk into the store and buy a brownie, and maybe that brownie could brighten up their day… so that makes you feel really good,” Pepe said.

While the bakery doesn’t currently take custom orders, students are getting ready for their big Thanksgiving and Christmas bake sales. It’s a huge business that they are excited to bring back this year.

The bakery is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 3.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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