Hand Pies made by Madeline Hissong
Grant Recipient

November 25, 2021

WomensNet Mini Grant Awarded to Damn Fine Hand Pies

Damn Fine Hand Pies

Woman Entrepreneur:
Madeline Hissong

Congratulations to Madeline Hissong and Damn Fine Hand Pies for being the WomensNet Mini Grant recipient. We were moved by Madeline’s story as she shared it in her application, as well as in an interview she did for Voyagesstl.com.

As Madeline told us: I have a small stand at a farmers market in St. Louis. I make sweet and savory hand pies. When I moved to St. Lous in 2015 I had no idea what an impact it would have on me. I am a culinary school graduate and have worked in restaurants all my life. I began dreaming of working for myself two years ago. This season at the market was such an enlightening experience. This is something I CAN do. I was so warmly received and I want to do more.

The WomensNet Mini Grant will help Madeline get her pie stand into the community full time.

If you want to apply for the 2022 WomensNet Grants, view our website for more information. Applications are currently being reviewed for the $10,000 Amber Grant. You can apply today to be considered.

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