About FAT MACY'S
Fat Macy's is a social enterprise serving delicious home cooked food and dining experiences at supper clubs, events and offices across London. We also train and support young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and help them move into their own homes. We began life as a venture whilst our founder, Meg Doherty, was on a placement for Year Here. You can find out more about Year Here through their website.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The problem we are tackling is common - in the current socio-economic climate, residents find it increasingly challenging to save money to move on into independent living, due to the bureaucratic benefit system, sanctions and the daily expense of hostel living.
Fat Macy’s overcomes this by using the project’s profits to create a specified housing deposit scheme for our participants. With every pop-up event, each chef can make an independent and progressive step in saving securely for their future.
The chefs volunteer their time, and in return accumulate credit, paid into a secure deposit fund, which is held until they have saved enough for a deposit. At this point, we require a tenancy agreement and an employment contract before we pay the deposit directly to the landlord of their choice.
WHAT’S THE BENEFIT?
In contrast to many of the existing initiatives that exist within hostel accommodation, Fat Macy's provides a structured opportunity, with a clear and tangible incentive for its participants.
Alongside increasing personal savings, Fat Macy’s chefs are trained in vital skills for independent living: food hygiene, cooking, financial planning, curating and running events and practical work experience.
The the inspiration for our food comes from the people work with. Each of our trainee chefs brings new recipes to the table and adds their own flavours to the food we cook.