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Starting Saturday, June 2, Whole Heart Bread will be at the Memphis Farmer’s Market in Downtown Memphis every Saturday through the fall! Be sure to stop by and see us!





with your whole heart

Healthcare… and bread?

When you think of healthcare, you might think of doctors, x-rays, or immunizations. But do you think of fresh bread?

At Church Health, we do.

Which begs the question: what does a bakery have to do with the way we serve Memphis? A lot, actually.

The idea of wholeness has always been central to the way we deliver care at Church Health. Our core purpose is to improve health and well-being so that people can experience the full richness of life. Nutrition plays a big role in our wellness, both in body and spirit.  

And that got us thinking: what’s more basic than bread? That’s where Whole Heart Bakery comes in.

Our Whole Heart bakers Sheri McKelvie and Symone Johnson put both into every loaf, roll, and English muffin they bake in the Church Health Nutrition Hub, which opened at Crosstown Concourse in Spring, 2017. All Whole Heart Bakery items are made fresh weekly with whole-wheat flour and without preservatives.

The baked goods we produce in our bakery aren’t just good for you; they’re good for our community.  

All Whole Heart Bread purchases generate revenue for Church Health, the healthcare home to more than 70,000 working uninsured people and their families in Shelby County. Whole Heart Bakery also supports the Culinary Medicine cooking programming offered by Church Health.  

Whole Heart Bakery Offerings

Rosemary Olive Oil
Oatmeal Raisin
Whole Wheat Boules
100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf
Pizza Dough
Cinnamon Raisin
English Muffins
Cranberry Walnut
Dinner Rolls

Our Bakers

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whole heart bakery

About Symone Johnson

Symone Johnson is a native to Arkansas and has lived in Memphis, TN for 23 years. Symone has been baking since 2012, working at La Baguette French Bread and Pastry Shop, where she grew and devoted 5 years of herself into making people happy through baking. December 2017 marked Symone’s 1-year anniversary with Church Health as a baking specialist.

Symone leads with her heart and it comes out through her workmanship and the dedication she puts into the kitchen every day. She understands there isn’t an I in team and we all need each other to be great.

About Sheri McKelvie

Sheri McKelvie grew up near San Francisco where a fifth grade field trip to a sourdough bakery sparked a lifelong interest in baking. In college, she was able to marry her love of bread and coffee in Ashland, Oregon, a town with a population of only 15,000, that nevertheless supported 13 coffeehouses and 6 bakeries. Here she began her professional baking career.

Moving to Memphis, she worked at City Bread and ran her own wholesale bakery business before starting Cucina Breads, a presence at area farmers’ markets for more than a decade.

Whole Heart Bakery CSB

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The Whole Heart Bakery CSB program will resume in Fall, 2018. In the meantime, stop by and see us at the Memphis Farmers Market each Saturday morning!

What’s a CSB?
CSB stands for “community supported bakery,” and just like a CSA (community supported agriculture), it’s a way for you to invest directly in the bakers and organizations that bring healthy, handmade, fresh food to your table.

Why should I buy bread through subscription?
  • It’s convenient. You pay in advance for six weeks’ worth of delicious whole-grain breads, and then pick it up each week at Church Health, located at Crosstown Concourse. No trip to the supermarket required!
  • You know your bakers. There’s something special about knowing the people who put their heart and soul into your family’s food.
  • You’re helping sustain us. Proceeds from Whole Heart Bakery support the integrated health and wellness services of Church Health, which serves working uninsured people and their families in Memphis and promotes healthy bodies and spirits for all.

How does it work? What does it cost?

A six-week subscription costs $30 and includes one bakery item each week ($5/loaf). Pickup is each Friday from 12-1 p.m. at the Church Health Welcome Center. Bread that is not picked up will be donated, so if you cannot pick up your subscription, be sure to ask a friend to pick it up for you!  
Weekly subscriptions are not available. To purchase a single loaf of Whole Heart Bread, visit the Curb Market at Crosstown Concourse.  

Do I get to choose what kind of bread I receive each week?
surprise awaits each Friday morningWill it be English muffins, honey wheat, a sandwich loaf, or maybe sourdough? You won’t know until you pick it up! We bake this way to ensure that we get the best prices on fresh ingredients and so you have a chance to try everything we bake. No substitutions; embrace the chaos! 

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