Stop homelessness the delicious way

STREAT is a social enterprise that provides homeless youth with the life-skills, work experience and training they require to start a career in the hospitality industry. Our Melbourne based cafes, catering and coffee roasting businesses provide the venues (and some of the funds) needed to support these amazing young people.

Take a look at our opening times and locations, and pay us a visit! According to our customers, you’ll find our food and coffee is actually delicious!

Or, if you prefer, shop on-line and we will deliver you some more goodies!

STREAT’s founders, Rebecca Scott and Kate Barrelle, were inspired by KOTO, a training program and restaurant providing street youth with job opportunities in Vietnam. They kick-started STREAT in 2010 with two small food carts in Melbourne’s Federation Square and a class of nine trainees. STREAT has grown rapidly and now sold around 500,000 meals and coffees and provided almost 5,000 days of training and work experience to over 100 local street youth. Many have gone on to further education or found their first job. Two trainees from that first class are now fully qualified Chefs in Melbourne.

STREAT also recently won a national award for being Australia’s Most Innovative Social Enterprise.


STREAT awarded $500,000 Commemorative Grant from The Ian Potter Foundation,

Huge grant puts STREAT in sight of its Holy Grail

A delighted Rebecca Scott, CEO and Co-founder of STREAT with Janet Hirst, CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation and its Chairman, Charles Goode AC.

A delighted Rebecca Scott, CEO and Co-founder of STREAT with Janet Hirst, CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation and its Chairman, Charles Goode AC.

An extraordinary $500,000 Commemorative Grant from The Ian Potter Foundation, just announced, puts social enterprise STREAT firmly on the path to its ‘Holy Grail’ – of achieving both full  financial self-sufficiency and its decade goal of helping 1095 young homeless people each year. That’s one young person’s life transformed each meal, each day.  

Every night in Australia 105,000 people are left without a home – 44,000 are young people under 25. Most of us are much more fortunate and enjoy a home and family and the prospect of living for 82 years, but the life expectancy for a homeless person in Australia is a shockingly low 45 years.

STREAT is changing this, by providing homeless and at-risk youth aged 16-25 with a supported pathway to employment and independent living, through a life-skills and hospitality training program in its four cafés, coffee roasting and catering business. STREAT started with two small food carts in Federation Square in 2010 and has now helped over 180 young people break the cycle of homelessness.

This Commemorative Grant will enable STREAT to make another quantum leap – and help over 250 people each year. The funding will be used to help build a new youth training academy at ‘Cromwell Manor’, an historic Collingwood property. STREAT has been gifted the use and development rights of this $2.5 million site for 50 years at peppercorn rent by businessman and philanthropist Geoff Harris. The development, costing around $3.5 million, allows STREAT to more than double its income and will include a large café, artisan bakery, coffee roastery, catering kitchen, special event spaces, training rooms and offices.

STREAT’s co-founder and CEO Rebecca Scott says, “A social enterprise has a business brain and a social heart. This grant taps into both of these – it allows us to further grow our business operations to complete self-sufficiency, whilst expanding the number of young people we can help each year. It’s our belief that all of Melbourne’s young people deserve to reach their potential, and this grant helps us give a bunch of our most disadvantaged young people the vital support they need to start their working life.”

Achieving self-sufficiency, from a small start-up, will be a landmark for social enterprise, with STREAT now being amongst a small handful of ‘investable’ social enterprises in Australia.

STREAT hopes to start the Cromwell Manor project in late 2014, and is still looking for both philanthropic and in-kind supporters for the building project.

STREAT is extremely grateful for the funding and support it has received recently and is especially thrilled and thankful for this grant from the wonderful Ian Potter Foundation.

For all enquiries and interviews, please contact Ian Johnson at STREAT on 0418 314 009.

Channel 9 News story