I was given a gift of their granola as a gift....and I now use it as my go-to gift for others - it is amazing granola - I've never had anything even close to as good...but I also feel good about supporting the cause - I feel like I am making a contribution to a good cause every time I buy it.
JK, Warwick, RI
We gave [it] as Christmas gifts and they were loved by all… [BD] takes great care to use good quality ingredients… This enterprise is an example of a small business giving people who have few marketable skills in this job-sparse economy the dignity of working.
Mike, Springfield, MA
Local. Delicious. Making a difference. Delicious. People helping other people. Delicious. Delivered. Delicious. Unique. Delicious. Skill building. Oh, and did I mention how great it tastes?
Awesome granola, awesome cause!
Bev, San Francisco
I've been eating and sharing [BD Granola] as purposeful gifts for the last several years. I love their mission and really enjoy their product. Even though I work with other refugees in Providence, I'm always amazed by the touching stories on the blog. People making a difference. You don't find that on the cereal boxes in the supermarket. It's nice to be a part of that with each purchase.
Jean M, Providence, RI
My favorite breakfast ... a cup of yogurt and a generous topping of Ginger-Zinger Granola! A delicious and nourishing combo of tastes and textures, and a great way to help some "folks from away" to find their niche in Rhode Island! Wish Whole Foods would carry it in their Cranston store!
We heard about the granola through a family member, and have really enjoyed eating it! My children get very excited when the white box arrives every month. It's been fun trying new flavors and seeing all the wild combinations they come up with. The bag a month makes a great gift idea as well!
JE, Bedford, VA
We have often had the problem of not having any left come breakfast time--too easy and yummy to just snack on. I've tried to make my own, but nothing comes close. Cherry Chocolate? Ginger Zinger? This is amazing stuff. And I love the mission behind the recipes--helping these wonderful people find their way in a new country. Great company.
Jo F, Cranston, RI
I am a huge fan of this granola and the project… I appreciate that this project allows me to support a specific cause with my transaction, like providing a gateway working opportunity for refugees, as opposed to throwing more money into a big pool that is often mis-managed. This seems like a well run organization and they have provided opportunity for refugees who have good intentions. On top of that, you receive some delicious granola. My favorites are any of the flavors they make with banana and/or chocolate.
JA, Foxboro, MA
…a great company. They didn't set out just to make tasty granola, they also wanted to help an underserved community, and it's worked! They're able to do both! I love that fact that there's a new flavor every month! You should definitely try them out!
JL, Providence RI
I teach social entrepreneurship in my courses at the university and we talk about projects like this. We can talk all we want about community service and volunteerism but a project that works like this certainly takes its place in queue of ways to make a contribution to the community and all of its members.
SE, Peace Dale RI
It would take way too much time, effort and money for me to buy the ingredients at Whole Foods and make it myself ; And how could I possibly make up such yummy recipes.
SOS, Boston, MA
It is a special treat I buy myself. Yes, I've made my own granola in the past, but I love the fun flavor combinations (pistachio cardamon, wow!)... No cheap fillers here. I also love the fact that my special treat is… not throwing my money into the coffer of some big company. My business is valued, and I'm investing in something that's effective and doing lots of good. No wasted taxpayer money here. Not only am I supporting these workers, but their entire families, and consequently their future generations. I'm an inner-city public school teacher, and know firsthand that when parents struggle, then children struggle, and it can take several generations to move out of hardship.
I have consistently bought subscriptions or individual bags as gifts for friends and family--and in the process, won over some "granola" skeptics. I wholeheartedly support [the] mission, and I can't get enough of the granola. Totally worth every cent.
PMT, San Francisco
Taste and see -- it IS good. If you've never tried Cherry Chocolate granola, you don't know what heaven on earth is like…. chocolate, morsels of candied orange rind, and a nice big kiss of Swiss kirsch. But then again I'm also partial to their [Amaretto Pear] granola…The last time I went to RI, I picked up stashes of this gold. And it's great for breakfast, but equally delicious as a snack or dessert. Once you've tasted it, it's hard to stop nibbling.
This is delicious granola with unique flavors, and I've been so happy to enjoy it while also supporting such a terrific enterprise. Thanks…for coming up with such a great business model. Yes, one could find or make cheaper stuff, but that is hardly the point. This is a community enterprise that does good, and makes great stuff.
K, South Bend, IN
…truly art with a cause behind it. I subscribe to the Granola Club…We look forward to the delivery every month…. I don't have the skills, $ or time to run around and gather the makings for Amaretto Pear, Cherry Chocolate, or the inspired Pistachio Cardamom- but I'm more than happy to buy it and help out an amazing project and great people.
I joined the Granola… Club. I get to enjoy some delicious and unique granolas every month, while supporting one of the most vulnerable populations in our society. Kudos to… entrepreneurs who came up with this concept and turned it into a successful social enterprise.
I ordered some of the Holly Jolly Ginger at Christmas and loved it. Delicious! I ordered extra to give as original gifts with meaning behind them, since it helps the refugees. Plus, the blog is really well-written and interesting. You can tell the author loves writing and cares about each refugee. I enjoy the stories of the refugees - full of respect for them as people, and brimming with character. I just wish I lived in the U.S. so I could more easily get the granola, not just on trips over there. Keep it up, guys!
KF, Zurich, Switzerland
[Beautiful Day] has brought some meaning back to granola.
JG, Westmoreland, NH
I love to hear stories of people making small ripples towards good, especially in overlapping areas. Everything we buy represents many systems at work. There are many things I would pay extra for if the means of production is also providing jobs, some acculturation, and getting newcomers to the U.S. as invested in sustainable and affordable nutrition. Good food, good work.
LS, Central New York
[The] granola is amazing. High quality and thoughtful use of ingredients, and packaged to give as gifts to friends and family. Plus, it goes to a great cause. We are hooked.
HF, Storrs, CT
I particularly like the various ginger flavors. Their work employing refugees also appeals to my social justice beliefs--there are a lot of refugees in Rhode Island, and a friend of mine works with them... And no, I have absolutely no connection with the company except being an eager customer. One thing I like to do at holiday time or for birthdays is to send their granola to friends around the country (especially those who don't want more "stuff" to house!).
M, Providence, RI
Mmm, providence granola is super delicious!!!
MC, Rochester, NY
As someone who volunteers with refugees in Rhode Island, I first bought the granola because of their mission and reputation. However, it’s cravings for their granola that has made me buy again and again. It is without doubt the best granola that I have ever tasted, and I especially love their flavors of the month… I’ve seen firsthand the care the refugee workers put into making the granola and the difference this first job makes in their lives.
E, Warwick, RI
If you care about people having jobs, developing skills, getting hold of life in a new place, that's value added to any price of breakfast or a snack.
MB, Providence, RI
Isn't this one of those "third way" options David Brooks loves to celebrate? (Next weeks' Op-ed, Mr. Brooks?)…To my mind, this sort of company is the best of all worlds, combining all the virtues of charity and locavore into one.
From my perspective, I don't think twice about giving $30 a month to Amnesty International. And in the case of Providence Granola, instead of getting an annual packet of return-address stickers (thanks Amnesty!), I get really delicious granola and muesli every month!
JH, New Haven, CT
I have ordered for myself and for gifts several times now. The flavors are unique and quite delicious. All the ingredients are top quality and plentiful (nuts, dried fruit, etc.) and make this granola well worth the price… this granola "delivers"! Try it and see for yourself.
This is the best granola I have ever eaten. hands down… really really good granola. the. best.
JI, Providence, RI
Wish more companies were willing to put these types of purposes/priorities first--for the common good. And the granola itself is incredible...Unless you've had it, you've probably never had anything like it.
DM, Knoxville, TN