This vegan sandwich shop offers UK homeless communities groceries, haircuts and a new life contract
London-based Bread Heads, a new plant-based startup, aims to bring vegan sandwiches to the city’s homeless communities for free. Run by Kirsty Barker – a longtime caterer who specializes in vegan food – with the help of her husband James Barker and her business partner Sol Peters, Bread Heads aims to host fundraising events, workshops to navigate the job market and treatment days for people with homelessness Can Live Get Free Haircuts. As part of its commitment to social welfare, the company also plans to offer plant-based sandwiches to low-income communities at reduced costs.
“I’ve worked with a number of homeless people on a rehabilitation and life structure program,” Kristy Barker told VegNews. “You hear such heartbreaking stories […] Our ultimate goal is to grow and serve with kindness. “
While Peters and the barkers are working on it Raise money for a shop front Through the crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder, Bread Heads currently offers event catering services, where customers can choose from a variety of freshly baked pastries and sandwiches such as The Italian (sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and vegan pesto). The Violife Plowmans (Violife Cheddar, lettuce, vegan mayonnaise and a sweet cucumber); and No Salmon & Cream Cheese (homemade salmon served with Violife cream cheese). Twenty percent of Bread Heads catering proceeds are donated to akt, a UK-based charity that works to support and guide homeless LGBTQ youth through job opportunities, education and training.
Uplifting communities with vegan sandwiches
With the future launch of the Bread Heads storefront, the Barkers and Peters will open the sandwich shop to the public while having one-on-one conversations with people homeless in London, where the number of homeless has increased by nearly a quarter from October to December 2020, according to data the BBC. “As we grow, our team will visit homeless hotspots in London twice a week to offer free food,” said Kristy Barker.
Londoners can support Bread Heads efforts during the company’s first fundraising day, which is slated for early July. Kristy Barker hopes to open a vegan craft market to the public to raise cash for act. The opening event offers the youth participants of akt workshops and clothing, toiletries and food.