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Reality Kitchen Looking To Expand

Amy Brenneman

Reality Kitchen is a wholesale bakery and café in Eugene that offers jobs to people with disabilities is expanding.

Jim Evangelista, executive director, points out all the different bread products on a rack in the bakery.

The non-profit offers jobs to people who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We give them those kinds of experiences that they can take and transfer to other workplace settings in the community, so that they can have successful and independent lives,” says Evangelista.

Credit Amy Brenneman / KLCC

Evangelista says besides wanting to keep up with demand, their expansion was kick started by the donation of equipment by the former owners of Humble Bagel.

“We’ve been looking at the opportunity for growth, but this really compels us now,” says Evangelista. “We’re in that place where we’ve got this equipment, we’ve got to put it somewhere other than storage.”

Evangelista adds they hope to remain in the River Road area.

Amy Brenneman is the 2019 Snowden Intern. She began working in the KLCC News Room June 24, 2019. She recently graduated from University of Oregon with a major in journalism and a minor in anthropology. She loves radio so much, she even made her undergraduate thesis an audio story about paranormal tourism in the United States.
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