Mission and History


Greyston was founded in 1982 by a Zen Buddhist, Bernie Glassman, as a place of inclusion and opportunity. Bernie recognized that people in the community of Bronx and, later, Southwest Yonkers needed jobs and so opened his doors to provide employment, no questions asked. For 35 years, we’ve developed and embraced Open Hiring™ – employing individuals regardless of education, work history, or social barriers, such as language skills, homelessness or incarceration, and offering the supportive services the community needs to thrive.

Through the Center for Open Hiring, Greyston is facilitating the widespread adoption of Open Hiring to expand our impact beyond the city of Yonkers.

Bakers on a Mission

Since 1982, we have developed and refined Open Hiring, developing a remarkable team of bakers by hiring without interviews, resumes, background checks or applications. Beyond the critical first step of providing an opportunity to work, the Open Hiring Model includes community services programs to support new employees and their neighbors. With each position we fill through Open Hiring, we create the opportunity for someone to transform their own life and the lives of their family members and to contribute to a thriving community.

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Together, We Create Impact

35 Years

Experience Building Inclusive Business Practices

176 Individuals

Employed Through Open Hiring™  in 2016

6.5 Million Pounds

Of Brownies Baked Annually

A Deliciously Sweet Partnership

Greyston proudly bakes 35,000 pounds of brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day, to be added into popular flavors like Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Half Baked and Non-Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Our founder, Bernie Glassman and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen, met at a social innovation conference in 1987 and realized they agreed that business should be meaningful and impactful for the community.

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Your purchase of our products supports Open Hiring ™  and the incredible bakers who craft these award-winning treats.

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We welcome collaboration with business, public policy and nonprofit organizations.

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Opening in 2018, The Center for Open Hiring will facilitate the refinement and widespread adoption of Open Hiring.

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Team Spotlight


“If not for Greyston, I would be on the streets. Nine years later, I’ve been promoted and I spend every day mentoring new employees.”


“I started taking Customer Service classes at Greyston and now I’m working in administration at the bakery. Every day is a blessing.”


“I am honored to see my son flourish at our Early Learning Center and to know he’s safe while I’m at work.”