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South Fork Bakery was founded by Shirley Ruch in the spring of 2016 out of the need to build meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities on the South Fork. Ruch, a speech and language pathologist practicing for over 30years with a private practice in Sag Harbor, specializes in working with children with autism. Many of her former students after graduating college or aging out of highschool were facing very similar issues. — finding employment.

South Fork Bakery started small with just six employees and a professional baker baking various goods out of the kitchen at the Hayground School. Just a few years later, proving the need for such opportunities, South Fork Bakery now employs 16 workers with autism and other disabilities as well as a professional baker and special education teacher. It operates out of Scoville Hall in Amagansett. and became a nonprofit in 2018. Watch the short video below to learn more about the South Fork Bakery!

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