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Broadview University Blessed by a Bread Fairy

Published on January 22, 2014 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) What’s with all the bread? That question has been echoed many times lately at Broadview University. For the past few months, the Boise campus has been the weekly recipient of loaves and loaves of bread. Every Tuesday, students are greeted by a table filled with all varieties of the sliced kind. Week after week, the bread magically appears and disappears just as quickly as it arrives. For those of you who have been wondering how the campus made it onto the bread fairy’s list, this is your answer.

Michelle Fenn, a student in the massage therapy program at Broadview University, has added the Boise campus to her weekly good-deed delivery route—becoming the campus’s bread fairy.

Michelle Fenn is on a mission filled with kindness. For quite some time, the massage therapy student has been picking up bread at the Franz Bakery in Boise on a weekly basis and delivering it to her church. She waits—along with other people from the local food banks and neighboring churches—to see what goods the community-friendly bakery has to offer. A few months ago, an idea popped into her head. After deciding her fellow students could also benefit from the deed-filled delivery, she added the campus to her weekly route.

“My son and I have been visiting the bakery for a long time,” Fenn said. “When I saw how much the people at my church appreciated it, I decided to get more and give it out to the students who go to school here.”

Wheat, white, gluten-free, sourdough, French, potato—even bread crumbs to make stuffing for holiday meals—you name it, Fenn has delivered it.

“I do my best to make sure there is some out here for the daytime students and the nighttime students,” she said—setting aside two big boxes that were to be put out later in the day.

Fenn even sets aside treats for the faculty and staff.

“Sometimes I get donuts or small packages of baked goods,” she says. “Those are the ones I usually save for the staff. The packages are too small for the students’ good, and I know the staff likes them.”

Fenn’s efforts are definitely well noticed and appreciated by all.

“I think she is amazing,” Cynthianna Hamrick, the campus’s financial aid manager, said. “She has the biggest heart!”

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