Volunteer work has always been a part of Joanna Wolfe’s life. A lead process improvement consultant for MetLife, Wolfe spent her childhood and teenage years working in urban gardens and advocating for social justice causes. So serving as the Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator for our Cary, North Carolina office was a natural fit.
“There are a lot of successes that go along with homeownership,” Wolfe says. “This work gets at the issues I care about regarding fair housing, and the challenges people face when they don’t have a home.”
We remember what it’s like to be a small business and know how difficult it can be to get through the door at a big company. In 2015, we launched the BlueBud (Buddies + Budding New Companies) mentoring program to help small food start-ups from New York grow.
Earlier this summer we announced our BlueBud business mentoring program and our inaugural mentee Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise bakery that empowers women to build economic security.
Hot Bread Kitchen, founded by Jessamyn Rodriguez, builds lasting economic security for foreign-born and low-income women by introducing them to professional opportunities in the male-dominated culinary industry. The bakery also offers a unique food business incubator, HBK Incubates, which provides the necessary support to develop start-ups.
This summer, JetBlue announced New York City-based Hot Bread Kitchen — a social enterprise that builds lasting economic security for foreign-born and low-income women by introducing them to professional opportunities in the culinary industry - as the first winner of its “BlueBud" business mentoring program.
For a group of bakers in New York, the answer is a whole lot.
Hot Bread Kitchen is a New York City-based bakery, and so much more... It gives foreign-born and low-income women a real opportunity to build a secure future.
Here's how it works: The bakery raises money for training programs by selling multiethnic breads — like Armenian lavash, Mexican nixtamal tortillas, Moroccan m'smen, Persian flatbreads, and Bangladeshi chapati — that are inspired by the women it serves.
(Even better: They don't use any chemical preservatives, colors, or flavors, and they source locally grown produce and grains. Double win!)
-- Airline Selects Hot Bread Kitchen for First Business Mentoring Program, BlueBud, Focusing on Responsible Food Companies --
NEW YORK, August 31, 2015 /3BL Media/ – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced New York City-based Hot Bread Kitchen as the first winner of its “BlueBud" business mentoring program. Hot Bread Kitchen builds lasting economic security for foreign-born and low-income women by introducing them to professional opportunities in the culinary industry.