Friday, August 18, 2017

Killer Dave

   Filipinos are rice eaters.  It took me ten years in America before I acquired a taste for bread.  It’s been said that wheat is good for the health.  I tried the wheat breads sold at Target.  Subway sandwich shop has Grain Wheat Bread, Italian, Flatbread, Honey Oat, Monterey Cheddar and Italian Herb and Cheese.  I tried them all.  I still would rather eat rice plus whatever Filipino dish comes with it.

   Then I found this bread with an intriguing logo.  The logo is a thug looking man playing a guitar.  The product name says Dave’s Bread with the word killer scratched on top.  It could either mean Killer Dave’s Bread or Dave’s Killer Bread.  The second is quite discomforting.  Why would a baker want to brand his consumable product “killer”?  So, what’s the deal with Killer Dave? 

   In 2005, co-founder Dave Dahl came back to his family bakery after serving 15 years in prison.  He worked tirelessly to develop a new recipe for organic and Non-GMO bread.  Dave’s Killer Bread was born.  Today, it is the #1 organic bread in the US.

   The website claims “the Best Bread in the Universe”.  I agree!  I love that there’s thin sliced so I don’t get over stuffed with carbs.  My favorite is the Organic Bread, Good Seed (70 calories).  It has tons of sunflower and sesame seeds so it stays with me longer.

   Then, I went to the Second Chances link.  What I found blew me away!  It says “At Dave’s Killer Bread, we have witnessed the power of Second Chance Employment: hiring those who have a criminal background, and are ready to change their lives for the better. It gives people a second chance not only to make a living, but make a life.”

   The Dave's Killer Bread Foundation aims to remove the stigma of a criminal record and show that Second Chance Employment is life changing.  It invites industries to become a second chance employer.  It’s common knowledge that businesses are hesitant to take a risk.  The foundation wants to share their information and understanding about employing people with criminal backgrounds.

   Under the heading “STORIES FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOUR BREAD” are stories of employees who have been imprisoned.  This is what touched my heart, “approximately 1 in 3 of the more than 300 employee-partners at the company’s Milwaukie, Oregon bakery has a criminal background.” Employee-Partners!

   “for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)

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