When four bakers at El Bolillo Bakery in Houston, Texas became trapped in the shop by Hurricane Harvey for two days, they decided to make the most of their uncertain situation.

Since the specialty Mexican bake shop still had electricity, the men decided to keep the ovens running and churned out countless loaves of bread for those who they knew would be affected by the devastating downpours.

Brian Alvarado, the manager of the shop told The Independent: “When they realized they were stuck, they decided to keep themselves busy and help the community and made as many loaves of bread as they could.”

The loaves were delivered to emergency centers across the city.

The men didn’t count how many loaves they made, but they used 4,400 pounds of flour. (For reference, the sack in your cabinet is probably a measly 5 pounds.)

The bakery’s Facebook post about the baker’s efforts has gone viral with more than 4,000 shares and 7,000 likes.

Many commenters left encouraging remarks calling them “baking heroes” and thanking them for their thoughtfulness.

While one of the four men returned home to flooding, the three others were lucky to find their homes largely undamaged, but since many of the other bakery’s employees lost everything in the flood, the bakery’s owner, Kirk Michaelis, created a GoFundMe page promising to use funds to help bakery employees rebuild their lives.




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.