Vocational training integrating the manufacture and sale of food products


Hot Bread Kitchen


United States of America

Thematic area

Education and training


Since 2017


The context

Half of the residents of East Harlem, New York, are either unemployed or not in the labor force. Almost half of the residents are living below the federal poverty line and nearly one-third receive food stamps. The Bronx neighborhood has the highest concentration of women and children in poverty among the five boroughs of New York City.


The project

The expansion of Bakers in Training will leverage lessons learned from Hot Bread Kitchen’s eight years of experience in workforce development and will position them to increasingly impact the lives of generations of women and lift families from poverty.

Hot Bread Kitchen will train hundreds of low income women and place 100% of graduates in full time jobs with benefits. They will also develop, test, and document a new vocational training-to-work model, and expand operations into a second US city.


The support

Fondation CHANEL is supporting Hot Bread Kitchen to expand its operations in New York City; to develop and test a revised vocational training model that could reduce both the time and costs involved in transitioning women into stable jobs; and to begin operations in a second US city. The Foundation is providing technical assistance on operations and other business functions to support Hot Bread Kitchen’s growth.

The expected results

  • Graduate more women to new jobs by testing and launching a revised apprenticeship-type training model, strengthening employer and community partnerships, and deepening the measurement of social impact for women and their families.
  • Specifically, over the project period, train 372 low-income women and graduate 209 to new, stable culinary careers.
  • Scale Hot Bread Kitchen’s impact to new communities by developing an expansion strategy, conducting a market analysis, and launching in a new US city.



The partner

Hot Bread Kitchen creates economic opportunities for low-income women with employment barriers. The Bakers in Training program offers women 6-9 months of paid on-the-job training. Hot Bread Kitchen also operates a shared commercial kitchen and business support program for small culinary businesses and incubates a women-owned food cooperative.

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