Fat Macy's: our new Peckham home

by Meg Doherty in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th December 2018 we successfully raised £15,216 with 68 supporters in 32 days

Fat Macy's gives homeless Londoners living in temporary accommodation the opportunity to gain work experience & save for their own homes.

by Meg Doherty in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We're a social enterprise catering company that trains aspiring chefs to serve up food with heart, creating a recipe that helps young Londoners make the journey from hostel to home.

Fat Macy's gives homeless Londoners living in temporary accommodation the opportunity to gain work experience & save for their own homes. We work with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation.

A roving restaurant, we provide a pathway to independent living by inviting our trainees chefs to host pop-up supper club events across the capital. Fat Macy's creates a direct pathway from hostel to home: from in-hostel training, to work experience at our supper club events. 

Those who volunteer for a minimum of 200 hours are eligible to apply for a housing deposit grant to move into their own flat. 

Now Fat Macy's needs a permanent home - we plan to renovate an old building to create a cafe and restaurant, complete with a professional commercial kitchen for training and events.

In 2017, we were thrilled to crowdfund £55k for a permanent home for Fat Macy's. The location is still TOP SECRET while we work behind the scenes on designs and planning. 

However, now we have an incredible opportunity thanks to JCDecaux, Unltd and Crowdfunder and their See Change, Make Change campaign to get a whopping £30k of advertising and campaign support, if we can raise the first £15k. We're delighted to be part of this alongside our friends Change Please and Hopeful Traders, who are doing incredible things in the fight again homelessness. 

Why are we crowdfunding again, you may ask? The success of our new venue will be hugely dependent on our ability to get the word out there and reach bigger audiences and more customers. With a £30k advertising and marketing budget, we'll give our new venue the best possible chance for success, and mean we are able to reach our targets of housing a minimum of 19 young Londoners every year.  

  • Create a community hub with discounted rates for local community groups and social enterprises
  • Host regular supper club series
  • Provide training, work experience and housing support for young Londoners in temporary accommodation
  • Renovate an old building to create Fat Macy's first home - a cafe/restaurant and social enterprise hub
  • Work with inspiring London based social enterprises to showcase their work

Why it's a great idea:

Fat Macy's will bring a new, independent business to Peckham which will support the local community, create training opportunities for young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and serve up delicious food! 

We will work in partnership with a range of inspiring social enterprises to showcase their work. 

All of this will allow us to continue our programme and increase our support for young Londoners escaping the cycle of homelessness. Opening a permanent venue will mean we can work full time supporting Londoners living in temporary hostel accommodation. We aim to house 19 trainees a year.

We're approaching our third birthday at Fat Macy's - and we'd love to celebrate our successes so far by opening a permanent venue to see in our third birthday in style. 

Since March 2016, we have:

Trained 60 young people in our in-hostel bootcamps

Worked with 20 people at Fat Macy's events

Empowered 24 trainees to gain their Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification

Still not convinced? Read our press and come along to an event

VICE Munchies: This Catering Company Is Helping Young People Out of Homelessness

New Statesman: Fat Macy's: How one man escaped the Catch-22 of the benefits system

Time Out: Go to a Christmas supperclub that's helping homeless Londoners move out of hostels

Reuters: The supper club serving up a solution for London's homeless


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Fat Macy's Launch Party

Attend Fat Macy's launch party when we open the doors at our new Peckham venue

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Fat Macy's Tote Bag

Bag yourself our Fat Macy's tote

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Friend of Fat Macy's

Friend of Fat Macy's - exclusive previews, discounts and special events in our new venue.

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Two hour cooking class with our Head Chef

A two hour exclusive cooking class with our head chefs and trainees

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Venue hire for one evening

Rent out our venue for £150 for the day or evening - run your own events, workshops, talks and we can provide food and drinks to keep your guests entertained.

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Name on founders' plaque

We'll list your name alongside our other founding supporters on a small plaque by our front door.

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10 tickets to our Xmas supper clubs

Have a Fat Macy's Christmas! Join us in December for our festive Christmas supper clubs with chef Dixie at Good and Proper Tea. Current dates are on our website, but we can book more in depending on availability! https://www.fatmacys.org/events/

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Pop up space for two weeks

Run a social business? Got an amazing ethical product? Use our new retail space to house a pop up space Monday-Sunday for two weeks!

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Private supper club

Enjoy a bespoke menu at a private supper club for 10 people with Fat Macy's

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