The Bread Project was founded as a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation in December 2000. Lucie Buchbinder and Susan Phillips, specialists in subsidized housing, created the organization to help low-income housing tenants obtain job skills training and become self-sufficient. After a successful beginning at the San Francisco Baking Institute in South San Francisco, The Bread Project transferred to the East Bay and partnered with Berkeley Adult School and Oakland Unified School District Adult and Career Education.
With growth came the opportunity for The Bread Project to operate its own training facility and wholesale bakery. In 2010, we moved to Emeryville. In 2014, the award-winning three-week Bakery Bootcamp™ was established to offer a quicker pathway to employment. In 2015, The Bread Project moved again to its current facility – zoned for both retail and wholesale operations – in Berkeley, California. During our 20-year history, we have served over 2,000 low-income individuals. Today 80-85% of graduates find jobs, and average time to employment is 30-60 days.
Our Vision: The Bread Project’s vision is to lead work-readiness, employment support, and professional development programs for formerly incarcerated, reentry, justice involved individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to be a model for this work nationwide. When adults have a second chance and are able to make a successful transition to employment and have ongoing access to further education to increase their economic opportunities, they improve not only their own lives but those of their families and communities, for generations to come.
Our Goals: We are proud of our accomplishments to date, but more work needs to be done. With the recidivism rate at 46% for formerly incarcerated Californians, we intend to grow our programs and services to reduce that rate for our graduates. Other long-term impacts we strive to achieve with the justice involved population are increased economic opportunity, wage progression, enhanced quality of life, and access to a supportive community.
What We Offer: We provide a Food Prep & Baking Job Training & Placement Program. The program is 8 weeks, 240 hours, and FREE for youth and adults over 18 in the San Francisco Bay Area. You will learn commercial food preparation and baking along with the job readiness skills essential to meaningful employment.