How about a meal where 100% of the money you paid for it went into a social enterprise, supporting and training youth at risk in Melbourne.
It almost sounds too good to be true, but at STREAT, founded by dynamic duo Rebecca Scott and Kate Barrell, they're realising these lofty goals.
I popped in to the Federation Square STREAT kitchen cart today and ordered the Kashmiri Chickpea Curry ($8.50). This innovative food store features a seasonal menu and there were four other dishes available on the day I visited. My curry was ready after a few minutes accompanied by rice and a papadum and came served in a nifty cardboard box. The box reminds you of the positive impact you are having "Youth homelessness is hard to swallow. 100% of the profits from this meal help it to stop."
While my food was being prepared, one of the senior staff was quietly training a couple of newer recruits. The original KOTO concept in action.
Here is a quick quote from STREAT's website:
STREAT’s training curriculum and street café menu choices also take an eco-gastronomic perspective. In this way we see our food as a fusion of the best of slow food and fast food. Food that’s fresh, tasty, healthy, fair, cultural but also served quickly, can be eaten on the run and great value.
How could you not want to support this organisation? Stop reading this and go eat at STREAT!STREAT is a hybrid organisation – or social enterprise – that brings about social change through market-focussed business activities.In effect, STREAT is three organisations rolled into one and underpinned by sound governance structures. STREAT is a:
STREAT's business model is designed to scale and the organisation expects to have five sites within Melbourne's CBD over the coming couple of years.
- Social support provider ensuring holistic care and well‐being to trainees within its programs;
- Training provider giving internationally recognised vocational training in hospitality;
- Foodservice business that provides on‐the‐job training and work experience for trainees, while generating the income to finance the organisation’s activities.