About the Program
The Arc’s Ability Baking Company was dedicated in the fall of 2015. This training kitchen hosts classes for participants in The Arc’s day and employment programs from Jefferson and Blount counties throughout the week.
ABC’s training kitchen has full time staff that help teach the fundamentals of cooking and baking to participants in the program. Skills include measuring ingredients, mixing, following written and verbal instructions, hygiene, washing dishes, along with many other skills used when baking.
Through this program, participants work on skills needed to cook for themselves while working to develop skills for employment in the food industry.
Bakery with a purpose
The Ability Baking Co. is Birmingham’s newest bakery with a purpose.
A program of the Arc of Central Alabama, the Ability Baking Company (ABC) is a food truck. We bake simple food that tastes good. But, ABC is not only a food truck. It is an employment opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
ABC hires and trains individuals with disabilities to work in food service. The time that an employee spends working with ABC’s food truck will prepare them for competitive employment while building connections to the community and changing perceptions of disability.
ABC is the only program of its kind in Alabama, and very few like it exist nationwide. Employees learn the soft skills of having a job, like communicating with coworkers and customers, while also learning the skills that will prepare them for specific jobs in the food service industry, such as washing dishes, cooking, and being a cashier. ABC creates a supportive environment for employees to learn these skills in meaningful and long-lasting ways. With support in the kitchen and the support of our customers, ABC is helping to advance integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the community.
Find The Truck
Find the Truck
The ABC food truck will be hitting the road soon. This page will feature a calendar and truck request form. You can also follow us on social media for information about the food truck’s whereabouts. DISCLAIMER: The ABC food truck is currently only licensed to operate in the City of Birmingham.
Recipes & Videos
Coming soon, this page will host video tutorials and recipes of the products created by the Ability Baking Co. Stay Tuned.