The Story Behind Nature’s Bin


Nature’s Bin current storefront at 18120 Sloane Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Nature's Bin storefront

Nature’s Bin original storefront

Did you know that Nature's Bin (map) is much more than just a natural foods store? This comfortable place where many Cleveland area residents have shopped for years is also a vocational rehabilitation training facility for people with disabilities. It is operated by Cornucopia, Inc. whose mission is to “help people with disabilities develop their skills, confidence, and workplace potential.”

So what’s the connection? Nature’s Bin provides the real-life work experience through which, each year, more than 200 people with significant physical or mental disabilities learn basic work and social skills under the watchful eye of specially trained coaches and other full-time staff professionals.

Nature's Bin trainees

A Nature’s Bin trainee works with a staff member to rotate produce.

People referred to Cornucopia come from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds and circumstances. Following an average of 8-12 weeks of ‘on-the-job training,’ trainees work with Cornucopia's placement professionals to find permanent jobs in other companies throughout the community.

So as you can see, there’s more to Nature’s Bin than meets the eye. Every time you shop at Nature’s Bin you are helping people with disabilities become more independent through vocational training and job placement. Thank you for your continued patronage and support!