• St. Louis cookie company to receive FBI award

    April 03, 2014 8:00 am  •  By Joe Holleman jholleman@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8254


    Stephon Thompson, 18, and DeShawna Pendleton, 16, package cookies, marketed as "Halos," during a baking shift on Jan. 29, 2013, at Saints Teresa and Bridget Church in St. Louis. Angel Baked, a social enterprise started in 2007, is an offshoot of the North Grand Neighborhood Services program, which has grown in the basement of the church. The "Angels," part of a group of sixteen students, bake and package cookies Mondays through Thursdays. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford elunsford@post-dispatch.com

    Angel Baked Cookies, a nonprofit organization in St. Louis, is one of 57 programs nationally being honored Friday in Washington.

    The bakery will receive the FBI's Director’s Community Leadership Award.

    "We're excited about it, and the students we work with are really excited," said Carla Jones, who manages the program. She and organization director Fr. Gary Meier will be in D.C. to accept the honors.

    The company, founded in 2007 and based in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, employs St. Louis city public high-school students. They work after school and are responsible for preparing about 1,500 cookies a week. The goods are sold at local schools, some Schnuck's locations and through the organization's website.