This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Sara Graham

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation.

Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The volunteer effort to distribute the kits continued through the year and reached a significant milestone last week.

The bakery distributed five hundred additional meals on Friday, bringing the total to more than 70,000 over the last twelve months. We’re told that all food was depleted within an hour, including sponge cakes from Kam Hing Bakery, plus waters and hand sanitizers.

Attorney General Tish James, Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, District Leaders Jenny Low, and Justin Yu also participated.

As for the primary business itself at 46 Mott, struggles remain. “We are still behind on expenses,” Mock wrote in a social media missive, but the “future of the shop is looking a lot better now.”

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