Bakery On Main and Goodwin College: A Partnership Built To Last
Bakery On Main came from humble beginnings in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury and expanded to what is now a nationwide business distributing to the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe.
Michael Smulders, president and founder of Bakery On Main, took action to cater to his customers suffering from food allergies or needing to accommodate other special dietary limitations. His mission was to make delicious gluten-free options readily available. Their products include gluten-free granola, granola bars, and oatmeal.
“Back 10 to 12 years, products made for people with food allergies or intolerances tasted like cardboard. We wanted to break that stereotype,” said office manager, Deirdre Stolte.
Bakery On Main supports a number of organizations such as Pierce’s Pantry, Hartford Foodshare, Gluten Intolerance Group, and more.
“It is expensive enough to purchase health food items when you are stable. We want everyone to be able to have healthy food, especially those with dietary restrictions,” Stolte stated.
Recently, Bakery On Main made a generous donation to Goodwin’s Transitions Food Pantry in an effort to give back. The pantry strives to remove hunger as a concern for our Goodwin family by soliciting, collecting, and distributing food to those in need.
“We are part of the East Hartford community. When people fall on hard times and need help getting food on the table, it is our responsibility to help. We are happy to do whatever we can,” Smulders stated.
Last year alone, Bakery On Main donated over 13,00 pounds of food to FoodShare.
The partnership and relationship between Goodwin College and Bakery On Main has only just begun. Generous tuition assistance is now offered at Bakery On Main to all employees who enter into Goodwin’s Certified Production Technician Program.
“We really want to see our employees excel. We’re looking forward to growing our company and having a certified work force. By supporting our employees, they see we are invested in them and we hope they stay invested in us,” Stolte explained.
Ten employees are set to start the manufacturing program in the spring.
“Bakery On Main opened our eyes to different manufacturing opportunities in the food industry”, said Al Pucino, Manufacturing Management Director for the Department of Social Science, Business, and Education.
Bakery On Main generously offered to put together a box of products to bring to the food pantry whenever needed.
“Their enthusiasm has been amazing,” said Guy LaBella, Goodwin College Assistant Director of College Relations.
Visit http://bakeryonmain.com/ to check out their products, story, mission, blog, upcoming events, and more. If you would like to learn more about Transitions Food Pantry and how you can help, please contact Mike Rotondo atMRotondo@goodwin.edu.
By: Hannah Stacy