Teen Operates Bakery to Help the Homeless

Michael Platt has always loved to bake. He was able to turn that passion into a business that he operates from his home at just 11 years old.

Now that he’s a teen, Platt is making a big difference for his Washington, D.C., community. His business uses the one-for-one donation model. When a customer purchases one of his cupcakes, then he donates another one to the homeless.

Platt bakes his donations about once per month to ensure that the products have the opportunity to be enjoyed.

His Mom Helps Him Create Unique Cupcakes

Platt is homeschooled, which gives him the extra time he needs to operate his business. Although it is still relatively small as a bakery, demand levels are rising. Four-packs of his cupcakes sell for $15.

He’s also got 11,000 followers on Instagram.

Platt typically sells about 75 cupcakes during the month, along with a dozen cookies and 12 rotating chef’s choice items that draw inspiration from those who do good deeds around the world.

The unique flavors he creates honor historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Harriet Tubman.

Then Platt partners with No Kid Hungry to distribute the cupcakes and baked goods that he donates to charity.

His talent allowed him to appear on Season 4 of Kids Baking Championship on Food Network. His baked goods have also featured prominently on several news websites.

Platt believes that hunger is a problem that his generation can solve. He’s already working hard on proving that statement to be correct.

Share this story with your network