Bear Food’s hand cooked peanuts are one of a kind, but that isn’t the only thing that makes Bear Food unique. While creating Bear Food, my Down Syndrome brother was on his way to adulthood. Miller had grown into a smart and capable young man. His graduation was a large milestone in his life, but like many families with special needs young adults, it was also a leap into the unknown.
With more than 80% of adults with disabilities or special needs unemployed, I wanted to help change that trend. Through my lifetime experience with this community, many of these adults simply want a chance to show that they are capable, and I saw an opportunity for Bear Food to provide opportunities for these adults to fulfill their dreams. Through our fulfillment center, Bear Food is creating a workplace environment for young special needs adults transitioning out of high school gain productive job experience and training to better prepare them for their future endeavors.