At the heart of Zen of Slow Cooking is our desire to create an inclusive economy.
Providing employment for adults with developmental challenges
We are committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities through our employment model. You can feel good too, knowing the spices you buy from us are enriching lives.
- The employment gap - Zen of Slow Cooking is based in Illinois, where only 25% of people with disabilities are employed. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, that number drops to just 9%.
- Creating sustainable employment - With our belief that everyone has something positive to contribute to the world, we approached a local social enterprise to partner with us to pack and ship our spice blends.
- Our committed partner - Planet Access Company was founded in 1997 by Search, Inc. They are committed to expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Now 40% of their permanent team members are individuals with disabilities.
Handled with care - Planet Access Company store, package and ship hundreds of our spices blends each month, and along the way adults with disabilities take care of that journey, helping our Zen blends find their way to stores and customers around the country.
- Local events - We support events in the community which share our values. We have collaborated with local partners to promote health & wellness, cancer awareness, Fairtrade, sustainable business (Find out more about B Corp) and more.
- Community dinners - We bring people together over a shared meal to foster deeper connection, in our own homes and in the community. For example, Jane regularly participates in 91Ways.org events that unite the 91 language communities in Bristol through food. Are you inspired to do the same? Host a Community Dinner
- Giving back - We have worked with a number of non-profit organizations to help them raise awareness and funds to support their work. Need our support for your non-profit event or fundraising efforts? Request a Donation
Teaching - From cooking classes to in-store demos, we love to help people gain the confidence to cook a meal for themselves. Our classes have included children with learning disabilities and underserved populations. See Meg & Jane in action with members of Project 1212, part of Urban Autism Solutions.