BY JAMES TWOMEY
‘One for me, one for you’ is the business model that a new pizza restaurant has adopted where with every pizza bought, the restaurant will donate one to a local food bank.
Share A Slice, new residents at Pop Brixton market, is a social enterprise designed to combat hunger in the capital and have already given away more than 1,000 pizzas.
For every pizza bought by a customer, they make and donate one to those in need for their weekly food drives and charity partners.
Share A Slice was created by best friends Rajveer Kambo and Sandeep Kumar after they saw the level of homelessness in Old Street, Clerkenwell where they used to work.
“A man who I saw a few times as I would walk to work approached me one day as he saw my name on a Starbucks coffee cup, he came up and said ‘Raj, how are you doing?’ and from there we talked about how difficult it is for him to find hot food,” said Rajveer.
“Big food chains around that area are hit and miss for giving out food, and that stayed with me.”
Sandeep added: “It can be very sporadic for people, cold food is different but for hot food, it can be very hard to come by, but we do know lots of places in that area who give food in a charitable way.”
That is what got Rajveer and Sandeep thinking about how they could providehot food in a charitable way.
Rajveer and Sandeep have known each other for more than 20 years and went to the same university together – Warwick University.
“We’ve done multiple ventures together from a young age, we set up a Bhangra dance club that went national,” said Rajveer. “Working with your best mate is great.”
After working full-time jobs, Rajveer as an executive headhunter and Sandeep as a design marketer, they put their heads together to find a way to feed homeless people.
“We thought ‘how can we tackle this problem?’ and thought of food we enjoy eating and could make for others,” said Sandeep.
“We ate a lot of pizzas when we were at university. My favourite is definitely the funghi and mozzarella and Rajveer’s is the spicy sausage from Calabria.
“We went around London looking for the best pizza and trying to find the perfect recipe. We even went to Naples, the home of pizza, to learn at a pizza-making school so we could bring back an authentic pizza-style.”
Share A Slice has teamed up with food banks Brixton Soup Kitchen and Compliments of the House who are based in Brixton.
Share A Slice closes it doors on Tuesday to cook up a batch of pizzas and take them to the food banks on the same day.
Rajveer said: “It’s very important for us to go down to the food banks ourselves and speak with the community and be able to engage with them.
“There’s usually more than 100 people which is larger than we expected but it’s really nice to feed people.”
Sandeep said: “The overwhelming thing is that it’s so great these food bank organisations have set up to help people and to understand the community and the drive and determination of people to help is exceptional.
“It’s also nice to see where everything goes, it’s easy to give money to a charity or something like that and see nothing.”