the MILLION SNACKS STORY
Million Snacks® began with an act of compassion by one small boy with one very big idea.
It started when a friend of mine received a letter from his son’s school stating that Abdul’s lunch money was long overdue. Knowing that he had given his son his lunch money, as always, he asked his son what happened to the money. Obviously ashamed and embarrassed to tell his father why he didn’t pay his lunch dues, Abdul just remained silent. His father decided not to press the issue, thinking that perhaps he must have lost the money somewhere at school and didn’t want to say he lost it.
Early next morning, while everyone was still asleep, Abdul’s father was woken up by a gentle tapping on his shoulder. Half asleep, he looked up and was surprised to see his son standing in front of him, obviously needing to tell him something. “Dad… it’s about the money. If you promise me that I will not be grounded, I will tell you the truth.” Having somewhat of an anxious and curious moment, as well as the deep irony as to why his son would confess to him so early in the morning, he promised him that he would not be grounded as long as he told the absolute truth.
As it turned out, Abdul had been giving away his lunch money to a friend whose father had lost a job he had held for 17 years and was now unable to make his mortgage payments. Abdul wanted to help his friend’s family pay their bills so that they would not lose their home.
Needless to say, his father felt an overwhelming sense of pride in his young son’s ability to express such compassion for someone in need, and do so without ever mentioning a word to anyone. With such a servant's heart, it became clear to his father as to why Abdul's teachers and fellow students selected him to serve as a council member at his school. This enlightening moment inspired his father to increase his son’s lunch allowance so that he would have more money to give to his friend's family. His father’s support and willingness to help Abdul give more to his friend’s family gave Abdul that really big idea: if he could help one family keep their home, he could help a lot more families keep their homes. But he knew he couldn’t just give everyone money, so he asked his father to start a new business so they could hire people, and not have them worry about losing their jobs and their homes. When his father explained to him why he couldn’t start up a new business, Abdul didn’t give up hope. Instead, he asked his father’s permission to discuss his ideas with a friend of the family whom he thought might be able to help. With permission granted, Abdul began to make the most important phone call a young boy could ever make.
His phone call was very convincing. With an obvious level of excitement in his voice, he began: “You’ve been successful in business. With all of your experience, can we put together a business where we can hire people and give them opportunities to own the business if they can prove themselves? Unlike my friend's father who worked for a company for 17 years and was let go when they didn't need him, I'd like to develop a business where others can succeed and not worry about losing their jobs."
So, with conviction, drive, compassion, and the desire to help people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, an 11-year-old boy developed the business model for what is now known as Million Snacks™. Our company was founded on the principle of simplicity, and the desire to help people reach their financial goals by filling a demand for a wide variety of healthy alternatives to junk food. From a single act of kindness to a “million snacks” later, we are now offering Franchises so that others who need to find another way to secure their jobs, their income, and their homes will be provided an opportunity to do so!
Million Snacks™ provides an alternative to junk food with our non-buttery, 0 Grams Trans Fat, melt-in-your-mouth, Biscacho Pretzels, along with our healthy beverages!
Our baked goods include a proprietary system of freezer-to-oven technology. In addition to our pretzels, we offer various types smoothies, freshly roasted nuts, gourmet quality cookies, healthy Energy Drinks, and more. Check out our Menu to see more of our snacks.