London-based Bread Heads, a brand new plant-based startup, is on a mission to deliver vegan sandwiches to town’s houseless communities freed from cost. Operated by Kirsty Barker—a longtime caterer specializing in vegan meals—with the assistance of her husband James Barker and enterprise accomplice Sol Peters, Bread Heads goals to host donation occasions, workshops for navigating the job market, and remedy days the place folks experiencing homelessness can obtain free haircuts. As a part of their dedication to social welfare, the corporate additionally plans to offer low-income communities with plant-based sandwiches at a lowered price.
“I labored with a lot of houseless folks as a part of a rehabilitation and life construction program,” Kristy Barker informed VegNews. “You hear such heartbreaking tales […] Our final objective is to develop and serve with kindness in thoughts.”
Whereas Peters and the Barkers work to raise money for a storefront through crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder, Bread Heads is presently providing occasion catering companies the place prospects can select from a wide range of fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches akin to The Italian (solar dried tomatoes, black olives, and vegan pesto); The Violife Ploughmans (Violife cheddar, salad, vegan mayonnaise, and a candy pickle); and No Salmon & Cream Cheese (housemade salmon served with Violife cream cheese). Twenty p.c of Bread Heads’ catering proceeds are donated to akt, a United Kingdom-based charity working to assist and information houseless LGBTQ youth by means of employment alternatives, schooling, and coaching.
Uplifting communities with vegan sandwiches
With the long run launch of Bread Heads’ storefront, the Barkers and Peters will open the sandwich store to the general public whereas additionally doing one-on-one outreach with folks experiencing homelessness in London, the place the variety of houseless people elevated by practically 1 / 4 from October to December 2020 in response to the BBC. “As we develop, our workforce might be visiting homeless scorching spots round London twice per week to offer free meals,” mentioned Kristy Barker.
Londoners can assist Bread Heads’ efforts in the course of the firm’s first donation day, deliberate for the start of July, the place Kristy Barker hopes to have a vegan craft market open to the general public to assist elevate cash for akt. The inaugural occasion will present workshops and garments, toiletries, and meals to akt’s youth members.
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