March Featured Charity – Popcorn For The People

Maguire's Purpose



POPCORN FOR THE PEOPLE is a nonprofit established to create meaningful employment for individuals with Autism and disabilities. We aim to combat the current 80% Unemployment Rate in the Autistic community with the training and hiring of adults with Autism to create, cook, package, and sell uniquely flavored gourmet popcorn.

How Popcorn For The People got started?

It all started with Samuel Bier. Samuel is a 30 year old with Autism. He wants to travel, have fun, and work just like everybody else—we ask ourselves: where can a bright, energetic young man that simply views the world slightly differently  find work, fulfillment, and happiness? Just when we thought the options were limited, we spotted a popcorn store in East Brunswick available for sale and this ignited the spark that started it all. We decided to combine America’s favorite snack with Samuel’s passion and unique worldview to create popcorn with a purpose. We invited other individuals, like Agnes, a star chef and mother of a child with Autism, to join our team. While Agnes experimented with new flavors, Sam cooked the popcorn. Before we knew it, we gained an overwhelmingly positive response and began a movement, inviting more individuals to feel empowered, take bigger risks, and embrace accountability.

How can you get involved?

The easiest way to get involved is to enjoy some of our delicious popcorn! By purchasing our popcorn you are directly supporting our mission and helping us create new opportunities! 

Our popcorn uses Non-GMO Kernels and Non-GMO Sunflower Oil, is Kosher (Dairy and Chalav Stam under the supervision of Kashrus Yisroel of America), and all flavors (excluding Cookies n’ Cream) are Gluten-Free! We offer 11 unique Gourmet flavors, all of which are handcrafted by adults with Autism. 

We are a non-profit so 100% of our profits contribute to employing individuals with Autism!

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