Brownies and cookies are two of the most popular kinds of baked goods in the United States and beyond. Both prepackaged and bakery fresh, they fly off store shelves effortlessly, as a daily coffee accompaniment or an occasional indulgent treat.
I recently discovered a bakery with a difference and a purpose, who produce a very special range of these products. Greyston Bakery is a social enterprise who train and employ people who face barriers to traditional employment. These so-called unemployable people can range from people without a high school diploma, to people with a criminal record. Greyston’s motto is: Eat a brownie, change a life.
Since it was established in 1982 in Yonkers, NY; the bakery has evolved and developed into a successful commercial bakery whose products are sold by Whole Foods Markets across the United States. Also, Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream uses Greyston’s brownies as it’s signature ingredient.
I spoke to Mindy Srebnik, the Education and Demo Coordinator at Greyston, about her company and the work that they do. You can hear the interview by clicking on the play button below.