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The Women Bake Bread Scholarship creates long-term economic impact for immigrant women through a year of artisanal bakery training.
The Women Bake Bread Scholarship creates long-term economic impact for immigrant women through a year of artisanal bakery training.
431 backers pledged $70,995 to help bring this project to life.

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The Women Bake Bread Scholarship is an alternative to expensive culinary school for low-income, immigrant women. Through Hot Bread Kitchen’s year-long, paid training program, women receive extensive training in:

Our training curriculum tackles key elements of bakery work, as well as in-demand skills for all culinary positions: speed, accuracy, safe food handling, and punctuality among them. Because communication is key for safety and success in the kitchen, each trainee is paid for their participation in two hours of English classes—tailored to the culinary workforce—each week.  

As trainees move toward graduation, Hot Bread Kitchen supports trainees in their job search, connecting them with well-paid positions in the baking industry. Our graduates move on to future jobs with tangible assets, professional skills, and a food-focused network. 

Unlike traditional non-profits, Hot Bread Kitchen creates its own funding stream by selling a line of multi-ethnic breads. Every loaf we bake supports women as they pursue their passion for the culinary arts. BUT, we’re still on our way to self-sufficiency; bread sales alone do not cover the significant costs of training. 

We've come to Kickstarter to fund training positions for new bakers because we know that community is at the heart of what we do. Your support will ensure two talented women will be able to pursue their passion for the culinary arts and build a secure financial future for their families. 

Need a little more incentive? Keep on scrolling for more information on our rewards. 

 Hot Bread Kitchen graduates have moved on to management-track positions at top bakeries and restaurants across the United States. Others have become managers at Hot Bread Kitchen, where they now train new trainees in their area of expertise-- everything from immaculate ingredient preparation to traditional tortilla production.

Graduate have found employment at bakeries and restaurants across NYC and even launched their own businesses through HBK Incubates.
Graduate have found employment at bakeries and restaurants across NYC and even launched their own businesses through HBK Incubates.

Get ready to feast. Our rewards are chock-full of our signature products, from Moroccan ms'men to Polish bialys. Previously unavailable outside of New York's metro region, we are shipping limited edition bread boxes with a unique mix of our products delivered to your door. 

Plus, be the first to try a recipe from our upcoming cookbook, receive a brand new printed bread bag, or take part in experiences with some of our favorite gluten-lovers. Keep an eye out, as we'll be launching new prizes throughout the next thirty days!

Help us bring great breads to you by pledging your support. 

A selection of Hot Bread Kitchen's recent press features.
A selection of Hot Bread Kitchen's recent press features.

Read more about our programs in recent press from ABC's The Chew, Organic Gardening, and Eater. Or, hop over to the sidebar for more detailed descriptions of our programs and Kickstarter rewards. Check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages for links to what we're reading and behind-the-scenes looks at what we're baking up.

Risks and challenges

As a quickly growing start-up, we've weathered our share of challenges. The Women Bake Bread Scholarship is essential to our work; to ensure its success and the success of our training, we draw from a wide range of candidates and hold a competitive interview process each month to select the women we feel have the right mix of passion, experience, and drive.

Hot Bread Kitchen has worked tirelessly to develop best practices that guide our hiring and training and to build a team that will support our bakers from day one past graduation. We take great pride in selecting and identifying unlikely candidates for jobs in this industry.

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    THANK YOU! — Be the first to know exclusive information about new rewards before they go public.

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    STAY FRESH — Enjoy a savory mini cheddar bialy at our Union Square Greenmarket, an emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    PAIN DE ME — Pick up one freshly baked loaf of Hot Bread Kitchen's New Yorker Rye in a limited edition reusable cloth bread bag from one of our NYC Greenmarkets.
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    HOW SWEET IT IS — Don’t miss out when our chocolate cherry bread rolls debut in January. Be the first to receive a package of six of our rich bread filled with bittersweet chocolate and slightly tart cherries with a limited edition reusable cloth bread bag. PLUS: an emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    *EARLY BACKER SPECIAL* PAIN DE ME & YOU — Receive a shipment with a dashing duo of Ryes: Classic Corn Rye to eat with your pastrami and Grindstone Rye, a dark, German-style rye chock-full of grains for the perfect smoked salmon tartine. Stow your bread in a limited edition reusable cloth bread bag. PLUS: an emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    PAIN DE ME & YOU — Receive a shipment with a dashing duo of Ryes: Classic Corn Rye to eat with your pastrami and Grindstone Rye, a dark, German-style rye chock-full of grains for the perfect smoked salmon tartine. Stow your bread in a limited edition reusable cloth bread bag.
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    ON THE RISE — Receive a Global Bread Box with sampling of 4 global flatbreads from Hot Bread Kitchen's line. Consider this a flight of flatbreads, perfect for wraps, dips, and everything in between.

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    SWEET LOAF — Receive 3 Hot Bread Kitchen Global Bread Boxes. Each shipment will feature freshly baked breads for a total tasting of 8 Hot Bread Kitchen products—ryes, conchas, flatbreads and previews of new products in development. Stow your bread in one limited edition reusable cloth bread bag.

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    A REAL BREADWINNER — Receive a veritable cornucopia of bread delivered to your home for 4 months. Each box will feature a different selection of freshly baked breads for a total tasting of 20 Hot Bread Kitchen loaves, rolls, granola, and flatbreads. Stow your supply in our limited edition cloth bread bag.

    PLUS: an emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    LEVAIN YOUR MARK — Receive an opportunity to pitch your new business concept during lunch with our board members Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal and angel investor Joanne Wilson in New York City. After lunch, you will go home with a gift bag of delicious freshly baked Hot Bread Kitchen products and a limited reusable cloth bread bag to stow your supply. PLUS: An emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    NOW YOU'RE BAKING — Receive a cookie baking lesson for you and three of your friends with our board member, Christina Tosi, chef, owner, and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar. After the baking lesson, everyone will go home with a gift bag of delicious freshly baked Hot Bread Kitchen and Momofuko Milk Bar products. Stow your supply in our limited edition reusable cloth bread bag. PLUS: An emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    COME ONE, COMAL — Receive a baking class for you and three of your closest friends on how to make one of our most popular breads, Moroccan M’smen at our East Harlem bakery. After your baking lesson, everyone will leave a gift bag of our delicious freshly baked Hot Bread Kitchen products and our limited reusable cloth bread bag to stow your products. PLUS: An emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    HAVE A BOULE — Receive a literary food lunch with board member Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine, and Jessamyn Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen’s Founder. After a delightful lunch, you will go home with a gift bag with a year subscription of Food & Wine magazine, delicious freshly baked Hot Bread Kitchen products, and our limited reusable cloth bread bag to stow your products. PLUS: An emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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    PARTY WITH US — Receive the option to host EITHER a brunch party at Hot Bread Kitchen for you and nine of your close friends that will include tour of our East Harlem bakery, bread demo, and delightful brunch featuring HBK Incubates food businesses, our delicious bread sampling, and mimosas for the adults OR your child’s next birthday party at Hot Bread Kitchen for up to ten guests that will include a tour of our East Harlem bakery, bread baking lesson with our head baker, and our delicious bread tasting. PLUS: An emailed recipe from the upcoming Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, a digital thank you, and exclusive updates on new rewards before they go public.

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