An Enterprise to Make a Difference

Edmundite Missions Enterprises is a social enterprise solution to self-reliance for the poor in Selma, Alabama, the iconic symbol of civil rights and the fight for equality. 

Operating inside Edmundite Missions a Catholic nonprofit serving Selma and surrounding rural areas since 1937, Enterprises uses commerce to create jobs with skills in demand in the marketplace, life the visibility of poverty in the Deep South, and generate needed revenue to feed the poor.

Combining a History of Fighting Poverty

And that need is startling.  Selma is still one of the poorest communities in the nation and the challenges are enormous. Median household income is 40% of the national average and 69% of Selma’s children live in poverty. Unemployment between the ages of 22 and 44 is a shocking 73%.

While it is the largest provider of food, clothing and social services in Selma and the surrounding Black Belt area, feeding the hungry is at the heart of Edmundite Missions. It is how and why we were created.

The Missions currently serves 1,000 meals (lunch and dinner) in its congregate dining facility at the Bosco Nutrition Center and delivers another 225 meals daily to the homebound poor.

With Entrepreneurial Pathways Out of Poverty

The first entrepreneurial effort of Enterprises, Kitchens in Selma, is grounded in that commitment to food, offering products created and produced at the Bosco Nutrition Center and embodying a unique “taste of the South” by using locally sourced ingredients.

100% of net proceeds are re-invested in feeding and serving the poor in Selma and rural areas.  And with every product, jobs and skills provide a pathway out of poverty.

We look forward to serving you, and, through you, to bringing jobs and hope to the poor of Selma.

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You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land. – Deuteronomy 15:11