We've featured a few social enterprises targeting Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES), and today we're adding a new one, which focuses on providing employment opportunities in the area. Potluck is a catering company and cafe that provides food and beverages to hundreds of local clients.
While they are a registered charity, we're including them on SocialBusiness.org since they run on a self-sustaining model that generates revenue, rather than depending on donations. The resulting revenues are re-invested back into Potluck to help cover business expenses as well as support local community programs.
They offer an Integrated Food Services & Life Skills Training and Employment Program, a program that provides over 30,000 free meals each year, a Community Kitchen Program that teaches cooking skills at the Potluck Café, a Recipes for Success Outreach Program that offers employment support tips, and the DTES Kitchen Tables Project, which is working on providing more nutritious meals through its various programs.
Potluck Cafe and Catering website
Potluck Cafe on Twitter
Potluck Cafe on Facebook