Fat Macy’s – COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Fat Macy’s trains aspiring chefs to serve up food with heart, creating a recipe that helps young Londoners make the journey from hostel to home.

Cost of the project



London, UK

Fat Macy’s trainees had been especially affected by COVID-19. They were already vulnerable due to their status as homeless, but they also worked in the hospitability industry. Their unique position was doubly affected, and many of them lost their jobs and were worried about paying their bills.

Phase 1

LandAid’s £10,000 grant funded more sessions with their life coach per trainee, sessions with a benefits expert and create a small additional grant funding stream to support trainees with financial concerns.

Phase 2

The £15,500 phase two grant helped Fat Macy’s to open their first permanent deli and cafe on Ebury Bridge Road. The grant covered the kitchen fit out, contractors and materials, and helped Fat Macy’s to offer eight hours a day per trainee, as well as enabling a minimum of ten people per year into their own homes.

About Fat Macy’s