The ‘Food Cell’ is an exciting venture run by Key4Life to help young men break the cycle of re-offending by giving them invaluable enterprise skills and meaningful employment.


Former young offenders and those at risk of going to prison, working together with the support of partners, have been involved from the beginning on this venture to help design, reconfigure and equip a prison transport van to sell locally-sourced, quality burgers.




The burger venture was created to help the men that are currently on the programme to gain experience and paid work in customer service, communication and to gain valuable business skills, along with hospitality and book-keeping. 


Even the burgers on the menu relate to prison, as they reference the three levels of conditions for inmates (based on the IEP scheme) namely, ‘Basic’, Standard’ and ‘Enhanced’.  


The plan is to sell our locally sourced burgers at a number of other festivals across the South West and London in the coming months.



This inspired initiative has been made possible thanks to vital funding from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund and CHK Charities Limited. Also, with help from Geometry (Ad agency), Bad Boys Bakery (HMP Brixton), Home Farm Shop (Kingweston), Montgomery Cheese (Somerset), along with expert advice from Daniel Priestley (Author and Entrepreneur). Also, we thank Emprint for their amazing help.




We officially unlocked the Food Cell for business at Royal Bath and West on 28th May 2018 and here's what BBC West had to say about it...


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Not only were we absolutely blown away by the brilliant feedback we received from our customers but it was incredible to see the young men get stuck in and successfully operate the venture.
We had a total of:
15 Beneficiaries involved
11 Health & hygiene workshops completed
9 Food Cell Work Tasters completed


The Food Cell has already demonstrated that it will be a key platform for our young men to give them a taste for work and train them in whatever they may choose their next path in life to be - a true example of entrepreneurship. We're incredibly excited to see what's next for the Food Cell...


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