Social Bite is delighted to announce the launch of two new outlets – in Dundee and Aberdeen – thanks to £175,000 of funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
The organisation, which provides training, employment and meals to the homeless, gained international coverage in 2014 when their appeal to feed 800 Edinburgh homeless people a Christmas lunch raised enough for 35,000 meals throughout 2015.
Having opened their first shop in 2013, the group have already changed lives through two shops in Edinburgh, a production kitchen in Livingston and a further two shops in Glasgow.
Founder Josh Littlejohn is now committed to continuing to realise his vision through the support of Postcode Community Trust.
A third of Social Bite's existing workforce comes from a homeless background, and the Edinburgh and Glasgow shops currently feed around 120 homeless people per day.
Their menu, created by a Michelin star chef, offers a wide variety of culinary delights, with 100% of profits reinvested into good causes.
The new ventures in Dundee and Aberdeen will create employment and training opportunities for 16 local homeless people, and will serve up an estimated 15,600 free meals a year.
A nurturing and supportive employer, Social Bite offers volunteers and employees assistance with the basic issues faced by those finding themselves on the streets – accommodation, access to identification, a bank account and signposting to other organisations.
The new stores will also act as a logistical and financial catalyst to further expand the organisation's reach and services on offer.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said, "Social Bite is a real success story, with a social enterprise model that is profoundly changing the lives of homeless people. It is exciting that through Postcode Community Trust's award, the players of People's Postcode Lottery are playing a part in the expansion of this vision."
Both new shops should be up and running by end of summer 2015.