The Pret Foundation
The aim of The Pret Foundation (registered charity no. 1050195) is, as it has always been, the alleviation of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Our international reach helps us provide support to charities located in Pret markets not just in the UK, but around the world too.
The hard work of The Pret Foundation is made possible thanks to you, our Pret customers, whether it's spare change dropped into charity boxes or taps on our new contactless donation points at the tills. Every penny allows us to donate more of our unsold food, partner with more grassroots charities and give as many opportunities as possible to those in need of a second chance. Find out more about these initiatives below.
Donating any unsold food to charity is very important to us. The Pret Foundation distributes millions of food items across the UK, year after year. Pret shops partner with local charities, and in London The Pret Foundation's very own fleet of charity vans collect and deliver food every night to over 100 hostels and charities supporting homeless people. This huge effort ensures as much unsold Pret food as possible is given to people who really need it, instead of ending up in the bin.
Rising Stars Programme
The Rising Stars programme is a core part of The Pret Foundation's mission to help break the cycle of homelessness. For those with a criminal record or without a home address, it's tough to find a supportive job and a fresh start. Since 2008, the programme has opened the door to over 500 people, offering jobs in local Pret shops and welcoming them into Team Pret. We help support with essentials such as accommodation, food and travel, giving our Rising Stars the best chance to shine.
In 2015 we launched the Shooting Stars scheme. Each year eight of our Rising Stars take on an eight-month program of workshops and off-sites where they master additional skills to help climb the career ladder (whether that be within Pret or beyond).
The Pret House at WLM St Luke's
Around 75% of Rising Stars graduate after 14 weeks and almost half stay with Pret for more than a year. But each year, some stars don't graduate and the biggest reason is the lack of accomodation nearby. To help address this we've opened Pret House WLM St Luke's, to provide these stars safe and comfortable accomodation.
Charities We Support
The Pret Foundation supports charities and projects working to help homeless people up and down the country in the communities local to Pret shops. Beyond food donation to shelters and hostels, we also try to support smaller charities with anything they need; from sleeping bags and kitchen equipment, to funding jobs that are crucial to keeping these much-needed organisations alive.