NYC: Governor Cuomo closed all non-essential businesses as New York State goes into PAUSE on March 22. Hot Bread Kitchen: Launched one-on-one and group technical assistance to help over 200 members apply for unemployment and public benefits and accessing emergency food.
NYC: Mayor DeBlasio declared a State of Emergency, closing bars, restaurants, and cafes, and announced all schools would shift to distance learning. 31,000 food workers made a new unemployment claim in the first 7 days (Initial Claims Data). Hot Bread Kitchen: Initiated outreach to members to understand job status, business revenue loss, and financial support plans. Launched an emergency hotline to receive member concerns and questions and make Hot Bread Kitchen resources accessible.
NYC: 315,000 people employed in the food industry (NYC Current Employment Statistics (CES) History). Two-thirds of all workers in the city’s face-to-face industries earn less than $40,000 annually (Parrot). Hot Bread Kitchen: 64 active member small businesses. 160 alumnae of our workforce program were actively employed in jobs in food and 28 recent graduates were preparing to enter the workforce.
“The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook” is published, winning the 2015 Yahoo! Food Cookbook of the Year and the Food52 Piglet Award! Alongside the recipes, you’ll find the story of Hot Bread Kitchen and the women and small business owners who are an integral part of our story. Shop the Hot Bread Kitchen cookbook at most booksellers and online.
Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez founds Hot Bread Kitchen from her Brooklyn home kitchen to help immigrant women gain economic mobility through careers in food. Women begin training and many go on to begin their career in our bakery. TODAY: 280 women have been placed in jobs around New York City through 50+ employment partners.
Hot Bread Kitchen relaunches our best-selling traditional challah braid and Parker House Rolls—now kosher!