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During the Pandemic, Taskin Bakery Truly ‘Delivers’

May 02, 2020 01:12PM ● By Michael Lehrman

New Jersey-based Taskin Bakery, which supplies handmade baked goods to 100 New York restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and schools, is not only continuing to serve its customers during the pandemic, but is also giving back to the New York community through donations to churches, hospitals, students sheltering in dorms, and other individuals in need, including the homeless.

“We believe in sharing what we have, and we can’t sleep when our neighbors are hungry,” says owner Derya Taskin, one of five sisters who run the bakery founded more than 20 years ago by their parents, Kadir and Naciye Taskin. “That’s why when this pandemic hit, we started giving free bread to those in need, no questions asked, between 4 and 5 p.m. every day.”

Taskin Bakery still relies on traditional family recipes, using natural ingredients and brick ovens, to produce 80 kinds of baked goods daily. Its breads and simit are kosher and halal certified. In 2019, it added a café, where it offers even more varieties of baked goods, from gözleme to baklava, as well as Turkish tea and coffee. The bakery delivers via UPS and FedEx.

“During this pandemic, we’re trying to help the community to our best capacity,” Taskin says. “Since most of our restaurants are either closed or trying to survive on takeout, we of course have been affected, but we’re surviving. No order is too small for us at this moment.  We can deliver to any restaurant and supermarket in New York City. We want our bread to bring happiness when it reaches people’s homes and favorite restaurants.”  

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