In the spring of 2015, Gwen Herman and Emily Tarr felt inspired to bring about change in the workforce for people with cognitive disabilities. This inspiration, coupled with their love of food, resulted in a business plan dedicated to hiring and providing food service training for people with cognitive disabilities. Shortly after, a board of directors took shape. Together, they incorporated Munch as a non-profit entity in July 2015.
The initial concept of the business plan was to open a cafe; however, limited suitable space for lease and the desire for cautious, well-planned development resulted in Munch instead launching a catering business in February 2016 with a focus on corporate and business lunches. Two amazing catering assistants (people with some form of cognitive disability) were recruited. Munch operates out of a commercial kitchen at Living Spirit Centre in Regina.
Munch’s catering services have seen exponential growth since catering services began in February 2016. Regular clientele include Crown corporations, various levels of government and many reputable businesses and individuals in the city. This increase in catering has allowed Munch to grow from having two catering assistants to five in the work rotation at any given time.
Catering services will be the continued focus of Munch. A longer-term vision includes a café to complement the existing business model.
The journey of Munch is still a relatively new one. Munch is always looking for both new clients as well as new ways to partner with other organizations in the community to further their important mission. We invite you to join us on this journey in whatever way is most realistic for your state of life!