Lindy’s Bakery is Daybreak’s job-readiness program and social enterprise collaborative. It provides employment-readiness and job training to homeless youth who want to build their path to sustainable employment.
While working at Lindy’s, youth develop the hard skills of commercial-scale food preparation production alongside professional chefs.
More importantly, in Lindy’s supportive environment youth develop essential soft skills such as such teamwork, leadership, time management, conflict resolution, and creative thinking.
Founded as a gourmet dog treat bakery in 2012 with just 15 youth, Lindy’s Bakery grew to be a private-label baker for dog treat companies.
In 2020, however, COVID-19 impacted this market. Lindy’s pivoted into the human food production business with a local partner, Miami Valley Meals.
Now, Daybreak youth work alongside the chefs and staff of Miami Valley Meals to prepare meals for organizations that feed those in need. About 4,000 meals are prepared each week, as our youth pay forward the help they receive.
Youth working at Lindy’s Bakery
- are paid minimum wage or higher with an opportunity for promotions,
- work an average of 10-20 hours per week, and
- participate in other Daybreak employment and educational services designed to help them develop career goals and plans to meet those goals.