In October of 2014, the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities partnered with Edison Township and the Snack Shack was created. Located in the first floor lobby of the Edison Township Municipal Building, this new project of NJID serves breakfast, lunch and snacks Tuesday through Friday of each week to municipal employees and visitors to Town Hall. NJID's Adult Community Support Services operates this program which serves-up far more than affordable and nutricious foods. The Snack Shack provides training, opportunities and jobs for the adults with disabilities who staff the cafe.
The most important objective of the Snack Shack is to provide meaningful jobs and community inclusion for persons with disabilities. Through employment supports provided by NJID to the staff of the Snack Shack, valuable experiences are gained which sharpen job skills as well as social skills. With real jobs for real pay the cafe employees become productive contributors in the workforce while achieving greater independence.
NJID also collaborates with private businesses in the community which provide supported employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. However, the Snack Shack is NJID's first job creation partnership with a government entity.