by Danielle Woodward, Guest Contributor
Beautiful Day is a gourmet granola company on a mission. Located on the East Side of Providence, their mission is to help refugees enter the local job market through their job training program. Rhode Island has a growing refugee community and with that comes a growing demand for refugee job training resources. Beautiful Day was established to help arriving refugees with job training and mentoring.
The goal is for Beautiful Day trainees to eventually enter the job market and become self-sufficient members of their communities. A visit to BeautifulDayri.org offers a quiz to test your knowledge of human displacement and resettlement. There you can also find out more about their products, gifts, and delicious mission.
Beautiful Day granola, granola bars, and coffee are all natural, small batch, craft-roasted, and come in over 10 varieties including a monthly seasonal flavor. The flavors and recipes are inspired by the staff at Beautiful Day and their rich, culturally diverse backgrounds. Whether you prefer super chunky, sweet, savory, or super healthy, there is a variety for every palate. Vegans will enjoy Super Originola muesli made without oil, naturally sweetened, completely vegan, and loaded with berries, nuts, and grains.
In addition to delicious bags of granola, Beautiful Day offers granola bars in six flavors including Keith’s Originola, Mochaccino Hazelnut, Bananas Foster, Bourbon Pecan, Pistachio Cardamom, and Salted Mango. The bars are gluten friendly, hearty, and tasty. They are the perfect on-the-go snack while enjoying the outdoors or a tastebud adventure while working from home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, companies with employees working from home were able to purchase corporate boxes (6, 12, or 24 packs) shipped directly to their homes. Work-from-home employees were able to enjoy delicious, energy filled snacks during their Zoom meetings.
“Farm Fresh RI has helped us grow,” says Joan McLaughlin, Sales and Growth Consultant for Beautiful Day. Our granola is sold by our refugee managers at farmers markets around the state.” Farm Fresh RI has also helped Beautiful Day expand their distribution to hotels, coffee shops, gift shops, colleges, fine grocery stores etc. across RI and MA. Beautiful Day can be ordered by wholesale buyers as well as for home delivery or curbside pickup through Farm Fresh RI’s Market Mobile local food distribution service. Market Mobile is a convenient, tried and true way to order local food directly from the source.
Looking to the future, Beautiful Day’s vision is to expand their operations and job training as well as increase the variety of products offered. McLaughlin explains they want to “continue providing opportunities to keep up with what’s needed in society.” Through their work, many refugees who came to America with dreams of safety and opportunity yet found barriers to self-sufficiency are now fulfilling their dreams. Beautiful Day is making a difference in the lives of refugees settling in RI while providing Rhode Islanders with delicious, high-quality and healthy products in the process.
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