Say hello to Able Foods, Dylan Alcott’s start-up for people with disability
Able Foods, Australian profit for purpose start-up Co-founded by Dylan Alcott, launches ready-made meal service and provides job opportunities for people with disability across Australia.
Able Foods’ aims to provide great quality food and opportunities for people with disability to lead a healthier and happier life. Dylan Alcott, Co-founder, set out to create a business that catered to people on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and to provide an inclusive, affordable and tailored food service for our community.
The service has launched with more than 30 fresh meal options, remoulded texture modified meals, braille stickers, snacks and fruit that can be delivered directly to doors across Australia. For eligible NDIS participants the price of a meal is less than $3.00, while the cost of preparation and delivery is covered by the NDIS. Easily accessible fresh ready-made meals are essential in assisting people build capacity in their daily lives so they can achieve their goals.
“We’re so excited to bring a fresh and fun face to the disability space while offering something that is a little different. At every stage of the business we have people with disability and delicious tasting food at the top of our minds, the way it should be.” Said Dylan Alcott, Co-founder, Able Foods.
In 2019, Dylan launched the Remove The Barrier campaign through the Dylan Alcott Foundation, where he prompted businesses around Australia to commit to hiring people with disability. Staying true to this message as an avid disability advocate, Dylan worked to create a business that not only provided healthy food but also, employment opportunities for people with disability.
Dylan also commented, “One way Able Foods is providing opportunities is that we are hiring people with disability right throughout our business, from our warehouse to our marketing team, call centre and even the designers who came up with our amazing logo! We want to show people that it’s easy to run a successful social enterprise when you take the chance on Australians with disability who are seeking work.
It’s also important to us that we work with like-minded manufacturers, suppliers and businesses, which is why we’re partnering with my charity The Dylan Alcott Foundation through a number of grants. Able Foods will assist young Australians with disability, through grants, to gain confidence, fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams, just as I’ve been able to do.”
The future of Able Foods is vast, with plans to launch an FMCG line and apply for their B Corp certification in 2021.
“At Able Foods we choose to buck the trend, we’re passionate about everything that we do and we’re aiming to constantly mix things up to stay fresh in the disability space.” Dylan said.