Why We Sell Gourmet Popcorn Cans
We believe in the empowerment of individuals and communities.
When people are empowered they are more responsible, more creative, take bigger risks and embrace accountability. That’s why we choose to employ individuals who are intent on overcoming challenges to be at their very best. We also think they make better popcorn because of it.
Sam is a high functioning 24 year old with autism. He wants to travel, have fun and work like everyone else. “You may not want to work,” he often says “but you have to work.” Armed knowing that the unemployment rate is 80-90% in the autistic population, we asked ourselves: where can a bright, energetic young man who views the world a little differently find work, fulfillment and happiness? Just when we were beginning to think the options were grim we spotted Sam gleefully tossing popcorn in his mouth while laughing at Monty Python. We decided to combine America’s favorite snack food with Sam’s passion and unique world view to create popcorn with a difference. We invited other workers with disabilities to join the popcorn revolution.
Soon after, we opened our first location in New Jersey to an unexpected influx of media attention.
We joined forces with Agnes, a star chef and mother of an autistic child. While Agnes experimented with new flavor profiles, Sam cooked the popcorn. With friends, family and co-workers as our tasters, the word spread and demand grew. Before we knew it, armfuls of tins were flying out the door. We invited other workers with disabilities to join the popcorn revolution and soon after we opened our first location in New Jersey to an unexpected influx of media attention. With such an overwhelmingly positive response we decided it was time to bring Popcorn for the People to the rest of America.
100% of the profits from Popcorn for the People goes to Let’s Work for Good. Let's Work for Good is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to provide meaningful and lasting employment for adults with autism and developmental disabilities.