In all likelihood, you’ve probably tasted Greyston Bakery brownies before. That is, if you’ve ever dug into Ben & Jerry’s flavors such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked, or the ice cream juggernaut’s latest limited-time offering, Peanut Butter Half Baked. Those fudge-y chunks of brownie that lurk inside all three, like buried treasure, are all made by a single bakery tucked away in a rough corner of Yonkers, New York.
There, nearly all the workers are hard-to-employ adults—people who were previously incarcerated, addicted to drugs or alcohol, homeless, or faced other issues that made them seemingly unemployable. In other words, Greyston Bakery hires the people that no one else will. But not only that—it also offers subsidized housing and childcare to its employees, maintains community gardens and nutrition education classes, and offers free job training programs to the community’s needy.