The Bear Food Story
My name is Mac Brydon, and I am the Founder of Bear Food. Let me share with you the vision and history of this innovative company that reaches into the communities where
few dare to go.
Since I was young, my parents always encouraged me to go after my dreams…and to dream big! I love basketball and set my sights to be on being a D-1 athlete. After much hard work, many hours of practice and lots of ice bags, I was
offered a spot on the Mercer University basketball team in
Macon, GA – the “Mercer Bears.”
After two years of playing, I came to
the conclusion that breathing, eating, sleeping, living
basketball wasn’t for me. But I fell in love with Mercer,
the staff, and the friends I made there. I wanted to stay
but how could I pay for a small private out of state school?
That’s when I started Bear Food.
My parents are from Virginia. One of VA’s major cash
crops is peanuts. 24 years ago my mom started her
own successful gourmet peanut company while living
in Chicago. These were the biggest, most delicious
hand cooked peanuts to be found and everyone LOVED
them! Anything that’s of excellent standards would be
welcomed anywhere, why not Georgia? But there was something more I wanted to do with my business, and it involved my best friend and older brother, Miller.
Miller has Down’s Syndrome. He had just graduated high school and had been struggling to figure out his next steps. Miller is smart, strong, funny, (and a great dancer!) but had never been given a springboard into life like I had with my college opportunity. This is the typical story for Miller and many of his friends with special needs and throughout America. More than 80% of this community is unemployed and I knew Bear Food could be a way I could help change this trend. My lifetime experiences with this community has taught me that many in this population just need a chance or an experience to learn job skills, and that’s what we now do at Bear Food. This is a perfect way provide training, encouragement that sense of purpose that we all need.
Thank you for checking out our website. We hope you’ll give us the opportunity to fill an order for you soon!