During FY 2015-2016, Fresh Approach invested in several key improvements to its facility, including the expansion of client work.
We also made significant upgrades to the floors, walls and lighting of the refrigerated production room that contains a variety of power processing and packaging equipment.
Utilizing the federal special minimum wage, Fresh Approach employs people with significant intellectual and other developmental disabilities to clean, peel, dice and package fresh vegetable and fruit products, which are then sold to restaurants and food distributors.
During FY 2015-2016 Fresh Approach paid over $68,000 in wages to people with severe disabilities, and these wages served to supplement their Supplemental Security Income (SSI), while also saving tax dollars.
The expanded capabilities will enable Fresh Approach to hire more people with disabilities and pay them more wages.