Shapiro’s Bakery Wholesalers: No need to take 6 loaves of bread to freeze 5 during post-Pesach rush

The population in Klal Yisroel and Lakewood in particular has exploded over the past few years. The challenge for bakeries? To try to keep up with the demand for products – and rye bread in particular – immediately after Pesach.

R’ Yisroel Meir Shapiro of Shapiro’s Bakery Wholesalers, suppliers of the Korn’s and Stern’s brand line tells TLS that “quite honestly, it is almost impossible to meet the demand the way things stand.”

Is there anything people can do to help? “Yes,” says R’ Yisroel Meir.

“Consumers need to know that Baruch Hashem we are not in a time of war or famine. People need to know that IY’H there will be plenty more bread on Thursday, Friday and every weekday after that until next Pesach הבא עלינו לטובה. So instead of grabbing six loaves and putting five in the freezer (yes, that is really happening as ridiculous as it sounds!), take ONE loaf, and maybe two if you have a large family, and feel free to come back the next day for more. You will be really helping the situation.”

Shapiro says that despite literally working around the clock, it takes about two weeks to get back to normal and accommodate the market after Pesach.


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  1. thank you! we appreciate all the efforts you do! one thing about that. sometimes it hard to get out every day of the week for more bread. especially with large families.

  2. Please forgive me but i am someone who did take 5 loaves. I live out of town and am flying home today. Not only do we not have jewish rye bread, we have almost no kosher bread at all. Thank you for sharing with me and please give fellow Jews the benefit of the doubt. Thank you!

    • you could have taken 2 loaves and then asked whoever it is that you were by for Yom Tov to ship you some more once the stores have been able to catch up.

  3. thanks for posting this every year I run into this problem since many people take so much bread that every time I try to get bread there is nothing left. People need to be more considerate of others and only take 2 loaves of bread. Then wait another day so that the bakeries can try to catch up.

  4. to out of town. what does 5 loaves help you if there is no Jewish rye bread? im not sure that gets you too far. unless u come in very often to get bread.

  5. Aha! Now I understand. The solution is simple: “Out of Town” needs to move into town. He/She will then take less loaves, and there will then be more loaves for everybody.

  6. Just know that so many people really do appreciate all the hard work that goes into supplying this town with first class bakery products. It’s a very tough job and your company does it so well for so many years. Thank you!!!!

  7. Why get upset at out of town, maybe he has a job there or if it’s for a personal reason? You never ever know! To out of town, you are 100% right for taking 5 loaves, even though it might not satisfy us,but he probably has a family. Is that all that has to be said?

  8. “Out of town” – R’ Yisroel Meir obviously was not talking about you. He was refering to those who DO NOT really need it and just buy and put away.
    No need to get all excited at this article.

    Have a safe trip and feel free to come bach to Lakewood and buy as much bread and rolls as you see fit.

  9. I bought bread yesterday (one loaf), and it was super fresh (obviously), I understand the challenge after pesach as everyone is buying bread when on a regular day not everyone buys. I have a question though, why would it take 2 weeks to get up to speed, I would imagine the bread is baked fresh daily and they are not selling 2 week old bread during the year.

  10. to LS, not every single family is buying bread every single day but the day after pessach every single family wants and that’s why there isn’t enough so they wait until the next day but then people are buying more…

  11. Just be thankful BARUCH HASHEM there is enough bread here and cake too, During the war we were happy to have just a small peace of bread, My mother’ s ALEHA HASHOLEM biggest desire was just to put a plate full of bread on the table AND SAY KINDERLACH EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT, it took 5 years for her wish to be fulfilled at one point she gave away her wedding ring in exchange for a few days of bread, My father ALAV HASHOLEM was away in a working camp. he sold his ration of bread and sent us the money and he lived just on water alone for a while, And we were the lucky ones we were not in concentration camps but in Russia. So why complain ? I went to the bakery today there was plenty of bread, And I am sure there is going to be tomorrow too, And I am sure plenty of Chale So please not to worry, Thank HASHEM for everything that we have, and be HAPPY, A very good Shabbos to KLAL YISROEL,

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