Airport food has a bad reputation. The prices are high and not worth it at times. Pre-made meals like wraps and salads can be old and smell off. But not all airport food is created equal.
When you buy a sandwich at Boise Airport made by Create Common Good, you not only get a super fresh and healthy meal, you also give back to a non-profit helping the community.
What is Create Common Good?
Create Common Good is a non-profit organization that provides food service and job and training and placement services to those seeking a fresh start. It supports those in need who have barriers to employment, helping them provide for their families and making the community a better place. The goal is to help individuals gain the skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency.
We spoke with CEO Cyn Reneau.
“[The organization] removes barriers to employment through food production training. Graduates complete the ServSafe Food Handlers course and are provided with three months of job placement assistance. In 2018, 97% of trainees began the program unemployed. 77% of graduates were placed in positions providing benefits! The training program provides a path to self-sufficiency. We are truly grateful for the support our mission receives from Paradies and the Boise Airport.” — Cyn Reneau
Create Common Good has a wholesale, business-to-business food manufacturing that “allows us to generate sustainable, repeatable revenue in our commercial kitchen, making us less reliant on grants and donations and allowing us to model the self-sufficiency we teach. It’s a cycle of good that we want you to be a part of in the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
What’s on the menu?
You can get Create Common Good food from Paradies’ Grab-n-Go coolers at Boise Airport. The largest selection is by gate B17.
Trainees prepare sandwiches, salads, breakfast burritos, yogurt parfaits, olives/cheese cups, hummus and pitas, granola and grapes/cheese cups. A variety of sandwiches and salads are also available.
Packaging profiles trainees so you can read about the stories of the people you’re helping, like Jacky, a new mom and fashion designer who fled the Congo at age 7 and is now a recipe master for Create Common Good.
All foods have a five-day shelf life, and they’re all marked with a pull date, so you know what you’re getting is going to be incredibly fresh.
We love airport food options that take social responsibility seriously, whether that be giving back to the community or the environment in a meaningful way.