About This Episode

When is a cupcake more than a cupcake? When it’s helping to end food insecurity. For Michael C. Platt and Sahana Vij, two young bakers who’ve turned their love of baking into platforms to raise awareness and funds to help end hunger, baking has been a way to connect with their community. Add Passion and Stir host, Billy Shore sat down with these two Gen Z leaders to talk about how they found baking, how they’re sharing their strength to end childhood hunger through their entrepreneurial efforts and cookbooks, and how why they both believe that the key to making a difference is leaning into what you’re passionate about.    

Resources and Mentions:

Sahana Vij

Sahana Vij

Sahana Vij is the author of Bake Away, which has helped raise funds for more than 500K meals for kids and been recognized by acclaimed chefs like The French Laundry’s Chef Thomas Keller and The New York Times. Sahana was named one of People Magazine’s “Top 10 Girls Changing the World” and spotlighted on various television shows and networks such as The Kelly Clarkson Show, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC News. Most recently, Sahana completed a summer internship with No Kid Hungry where she worked in the International Strategy Team to explore new expansion opportunities. She is currently a sophomore at the University of California - Irvine studying Journalism & Environmental Sustainability. 

Michael Platt

Michael C. Platt


Michael C. Platt is a 17-year-old baker, social entrepreneur, and food justice advocate. He is the founder of PLLATE, an initiative that creates snack packs for kids experiencing food insecurity, and Michaels Desserts which uses a 1-for-1 model to donate a dessert to someone in need for every one that is sold. Through his initiatives, Michael has served countless people. Raised in a home of educators and advocates, Michael started baking at nine years old and has been committed to addressing the challenges of inequality since learning about the March on Washington at age six. When he is not baking, Michael enjoys playing his bass, hanging out with his family, friends, dogs Cornbread and Biscuit and his cat Blueberry. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his parents and brother Gabriel.

No Kid Hungry Bake-a-thon

Every November, everyone - regardless of cooking skill - is invited to share in the joy of baking in support of No Kid Hungry. We’re connecting baking enthusiasts and oven amateurs with acclaimed chefs, popular bakers and kitchen creators to raise funds and awareness for No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger. 


PLLATE: Power, Love, Learning and, Access, to Everyone or PLLATE is an initiative that creates snack packs for kids experiencing food insecurity.

Bake Away

Bake Away - Sahana Vij’s debut cookbook is a celebration of baking’s impact on our creativity, self-expression, and personal experiences. 100% of Author Royalties will be donated to NO KID HUNGRY.

Michaels Desserts: Sweets for a Cause

Michaels Desserts: Sweets for a Cause  - Michael C. Platt’s debut cookbook where he shares the inspiration behind his advocacy to end food insecurity and tips for how anyone can do their part to ensure people have access to food in their communities.