He Gave Us Our Daily Bread: Jack Corkey

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the reigns of the shop that is so popular with serious competitors, recreational athletes and even jogging stroller and bugger babies. He volunteered and supplied the healthy post event treats at many Reston and Herndon area events, and even when serving finishers many hours later, he still had a great sense of humor.

However, many athletes probably don’t realize that Jack and Laurie nurtured others with their personal service, including as contributors and volunteers for Reston Interfaith’s Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Boy and Girl Scout troops, the Fairfax County Council for the Arts, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Giving Circle of Hope and the Elden Street Players. The Corkeys are well-known in Northern Virginia for their work to help the hungry, homeless and ill. Corky opened Great Harvest in 1990, after visiting a similar bakery in Lexington, Kentucky. After being recognized in 2005 with a “Best of Reston” for “Nourishing Our Community,” Corkey remained humble about their mission. “We just do what we do,” he said. “We don’t do it to be honored.”

Tomorrow’s post will have Laurie’s thoughts and the times and places for services.

2 responses on “He Gave Us Our Daily Bread: Jack Corkey

  1. Anne Harvey

    Jack and I would hold our “downtown merchant core” meetings while sipping a cup of his wonderful coffee in front of Great harvest. Jack and I would lament the state of retail business in downtown Herndon and discuss what should be/ could be/ needed to be done! His company was a huge draw to the area for more than the bread – it was a huge draw because Jack was a charismatic man, just the kind of neighbor we all wished we had. For many, many years he was my neighbor here on the block, and I will sorely miss him!

    Anne Harvey

    Herndon Florist

  2. Anne Harvey

    Jack and I would hold our “downtown merchant core” meetings while sipping a cup of his wonderful coffee in front of Great harvest. Jack and I would lament the state of retail business in downtown Herndon and discuss what should be/ could be/ needed to be done! His company was a huge draw to the area for more than the bread – it was a huge draw because Jack was a charismatic man, just the kind of neighbor we all wished we had. For many, many years he was my neighbor here on the block, and I will sorely miss him!
    Anne Harvey
    Herndon Florist

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