No Label at the Table brings opportunity for people with autism

(Via Facebook/No Label at the Table Food Company)

Fishers, Ind. (WTHR) - It's a mother and son business story unlike any we’ve ever come across. Together they’ve turned a love and passion for baking into a rare opportunity and jobs for others. No Label at the Table Food Company in Fishers is a little different for a lot of good reasons. Spend a couple of minutes in the commercial kitchen with Jacob Wittman, and you can’t help but notice.

"I love to bake. I make cookies and brownies." Jacob said. "I make corn bread and white bread."

Lots of bread, with five other young people who, like Jacob, are passionate about baking, and have autism.

"I had a son who was becoming an adult and had no real future," explained Shelly Henley, Jacob’s Mom. "So we created a future for him and in doing so we are creating work for others on the autistic spectrum."

Henley created the No Label at The Table Food Company. "No label is going to determine my son’s future, no label and no diagnosis," she said.

The pair sat down for a break. "It’s a good job for you?” mom asked. "Right." Jacob answered.

"Are you ready to go in the morning?"

"Yes, yep," Jacob responded without hesitation.

"You know you go to work and you feel good because you are doing a good job," Henley explained. "It’s especially important for a person with special needs," Henley explained.

The business creates opportunities, but it’s not charity work. It is a real business, out to make money, pay its bills and pay its workers.

It opened just five weeks ago.

"It’s working. We’re making money," Henley said with a smile. "They are making money and making great food."

All of it is gluten free and dairy free. The baked goods are selling so well at farmer’s markets in Fishers and Carmel, Henley is making plans to expand to Indianapolis and hire additional employees.

One young man’s passion for baking is recipe for creating opportunities and futures for others.

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