Helping Connect Asylum Seekers to Employment Opportunities
On October 2nd, Governor Kathy Hochul visited Hot Bread Kitchen to announce a new effort to support asylum seekers in entering the workforce and starting new lives in our great city. The New York State Department of Labor has identified 18,000 jobs with more than 400 employers that will be available to asylum seekers with work authorization, many of them in New York City’s vibrant food industry.
Hot Bread Kitchen wholeheartedly supports providing work authorization to asylum seekers in New York, period. We applaud all that Governor Hochul and DOL are doing to promote migrants’ ability to work in the city and across the state–especially in the food industry, which has long been a critical entry point to the workforce for newcomers to this country.
From sporadic work to a new career
“I was working through the pandemic, but it was sporadic. I knew I wanted to come out of the pandemic a better person… The training unlocked something in my brain and I was able to realize my potential. Hot Bread Kitchen I consider my life saver.”
—Quiotta H., Hot Bread Kitchen member
When you’re part of Hot Bread Kitchen
- $17.91/hraverage hourly wage of our participants’ first job placement
- 200employer partners across NYC
- 250+entrepreneurs whose small food businesses we have helped seed, start, and scale
- 700You’ll be among a network of over 700 women who like you, are driven, ambitious and ready to rise
What you could do
Hot Bread Kitchen partners with a network of good food employers that offer flexibility, training, and opportunities for career and personal growth. We connect the participants in our food career program with quality jobs in the food industry, including roles as bakers, cooks, and kitchen managers.
In our food entrepreneurship programs, we support a range of ventures, from catering businesses to consumer packaged goods to brick-and-mortar cafes, to help aspiring and current business owners thrive.
More than business support
“Hot Bread Kitchen has supported my business as well as my family. They have been a complete and total package.”
—Maryam Boddie, Maryam’s Yum Yum,
Hot Bread Kitchen member