About Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY
New York maker of A Dozen Reasons Brownie Box, Great Eight Brownie Box, Great Eight Brownie Gift Tin. Founder: Bernie Glassman. 

Greyston Bakery was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist, Bernie Glassman, as a place of inclusion and opportunity. Bernie recognized that people in the community of Bronx and, later, Southwest Yonkers needed jobs and so opened his doors to provide employment, no questions asked.

For over 35 years, Greyston Bakery has developed and embraced Open Hiring™ – employing individuals regardless of education, work history, or social barriers, such as language skills, homelessness or incarceration, and offering the supportive services the community needs to thrive.

Through the Center for Open Hiring, Greyston Bakery is facilitating the widespread adoption of Open Hiring to expand our impact beyond the city of Yonkers.

DID YOU KNOW?: Included in the 6.5 million pounds of brownies they bake annually, Greyston Bakery proudly bakes 35,000 of those pounds of brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day, to be added into popular flavors like Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Founder Bernie Glassman and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen, met at a social innovation conference in 1987 and realized they agreed that business should be meaningful and impactful for the community.


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