Idaho Statesman: Steph's Salsa teams up with CCG

Steph’s Seriously Good Salsa teams up with Create Common GoodBY ZACH KYLE

August 19, 2015

salsa1Seriously Good Salsa owner Stephanie Bennett needed workers to support her growing salsa business. She found them at Create Common Good, which provides job training to Treasure Valley residents with barriers to employment, such as refugees, the homeless, convicts, former addicts and women referred by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Workers process salsa at the nonprofit’s building on South Federal way near Malad Street. “The vibe is fun and lively,” Bennett says. Hildebrandt, Mesfin and Dalal Majeed, right, prepare a batch. Create Common Good workers earn an average of $1.13 per hour before joining the program, according to the nonprofit. They earn an average of $9.57 upon placement after graduation. Since its founding in 2008, 437 people have graduated from the nonprofit’s food service training program. Other businesses employing Create Common Good workers include Jacksons Food Stores, Parilla Grill, 13th Street Pub and Grill, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria and Ranch Market.


Create Common Good workers Sara Hildebrandt, left, and Roza Mesfin, right, measure out tubs of salsa. Steph’s Seriously Good Salsa is sold at nine Albertsons in the Treasure Valley as well as the Boise Co-op, Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. Photos by Kyle Green —

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