Norman and Cathy Schmitt (Season 1, Episode 31) » Mitch Albom
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Air date: July 19, 2012

Norman: The alarm goes off at 4:45 on Saturday morning. We head out to the bakery um a little after 5 and then uh we load the vehicle and then uh we head down to down to Eastern Market FOR MANY YEARS, NORMAN AND CATHY SCHMITT MADE GOOD LIVINGS WORKING IN THE PRVATE SECTOR. THESE DAYS THEY’RE IN THE FOOD BUSINESS –SELLING BREAD ONCE A WEEK TO HELP FEED OTHERS. Cathy: It took us a while to get the spiel down, the elevator speech or whatever you want to call it. Mitch Albom: What is the elevator speech now? Norman: buy a great loaf of bread for $6 and that provides 6 meals down at Gleaners. A great loaf of bread for a great price for an even greater cause. Norman: I am very animated down at the market. No one walks by me without being hassled but no one walks by we without laughing too. Mitch Albom: What is the best moment of the whole Saturday process? Cathy: For me the best time is when somebody comes up and says there was a time when I needed Gleaners and now I can help them. Norman: This is a small business, very small, and um it just seemed like the right thing to do. We run it as a business. Mitch Albom: Right, you just give all the money away. Norman: : Just give all the money away…LAUGHING SELLING THE BREAD OF LIFE, AND FEEDING THE HUNGRY, NORMAN AND CATHY SHMITT ARE NOURISHING THE HEART OF DETROIT.

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