Trapped inside for two days, Mexican bakery employees made bread for hurricane victims

Posted at 8:48 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 20:56:02-04

HOUSTON, Texas -- A Mexican bakery provided hundreds of loaves of bread to victims of Hurricane Harvey this week after four of its bakers became trapped in the building by the storm. 

Although the employees of El Bolillo Bakery's Wayside Drive location couldn’t leave their building due to rising water on the street outside, they were safe and dry inside and the electricity hadn’t failed them. 

And unlike many hurricane victims, they were not in immediate danger of running out of food.

So they baked for two days straight, using nearly 4,400 pounds of flour to create hundreds of loaves of pan dulce, or sweetbread, for people who had been forced to evacuate their homes during the storm. 

“By the time the owner managed to get to them, they had made so much bread that we took the loaves to loads of emergency centers across the city for people affected by the floods,” store manager Brian Alvarado told British newspaper The Independent.

The bakery’s Facebook page lit up with comments praising its employees’ selflessness in both English and Spanish.


According to further posts made by the bakery, multiple locations opened in the following days to provide bread to people who needed it. 

"Please be patient with the lines and gracious with other customers by not taking more than needed," the bakery wrote on Facebook. "We will be bringing bread to shelters today too. Gracias and God Bless Houston."