giving food another life
City Harvest helps put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way, by distributing to organisations that feed the hungry.
340 tonnes rescued to date
HELP US SAVE FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED
There's more than enough food out there
Let's get it where it needs to go
funds enable city harvest vans to deliver free food to programs that prepare meals
£50: delivers 200 nutritious meals
£100: feeds a family of 4 for a month
£250: provides breakfast to 1,000 disadvantaged children
£500: serves dinner to 2,000 youths at risk
£1000: rescues 1.9 tonnes of food
What We Do
We're on a mission to get all surplus food in London to those who need it most.
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To date we've recycled more than 340 tonnes of food
City Harvest puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way.
We get surplus food safely to the hungry
While thousands of Londoners go hungry each day, safe, healthy and usable food is being disposed of as waste. City Harvest collects this nutritious surplus food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers, hotels and caterers.
Who do we deliver to?
We help vulnerable people throughout London
City Harvest regularly delivers high quality, nourishing food to organisations that provide meals to vulnerable people including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, after school programs, centres for veterans, and organisations that assist people with alcohol or drug addictions.
What impact do we make?
We distribute 6 tonnes of food weekly
The food we deliver helps organisations serve thousands of healthy meals each week and reduce their annual grocer bills-freeing up funds that can be reinvested in other vital support services like medical care and counselling. The food we recycle is diverted from going to landfill where it would release gases toxic to the environment.
How do food donors benefit?
We provide safe, easy, reliable food rescue
We make it simple for food donors to get their nutritious food to desperate people and reduce their waste collection costs. Customers prefer to patronise sustainable restaurants and retailers. Food Donor employees experience a huge morale boost from giving to those in need. Food Donors appear daily on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. The Sustainable Restaurant Association encourages food donations to City Harvest.
What is really important to us?
Enabling people to eat great food with dignity
City Harvest vans are greeted with excitement and pride because people know that they contain high quality food from some of the best stores in London. We recycle food that nourishes both body and soul. Each person that is served our food regains their dignity and starts to gain the strength needed to overcome hard times. We occasionally bring flowers!
Where Our Food Goes
Just some of the 150 community organisations that receive City Harvest food deliveries:
Acton Homeless Concern is a local centre where those who are homeless can find food, clothing, friendship, and advocacy. More than 250 vulnerable people are served meals each day using City Harvest's nutritious ingredients.
The organisation supports children and families from the local community with a key aim of providing learning opportunities whilst enhancing life skills. City Harvest provides food to support their daily breakfast and after school club.
The Upper Room is a front line charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people from some of the most deprived areas of London. More than 100 people are fed each day with excellent surplus food from City Harvest.
140 men and women sleep more safely each evening during the cold winter months because of the wonderful work that the teams at Glass Door/West London Churches Night Shelters do. Volunteers set beautiful tables helping vulnerable people eat with dignity. City Harvest food helps nourish those who come in from the cold.
FoodCycle is a national charity that runs local 'Hubs' where volunteers are trained to cook healthy, tasty, three-course meal with surplus food. Food is served with warmth and dignity to those facing poverty and social isolation. City Harvest supports with regular deliveries to FoodCycle Marylebone, as well as for one-off events at our Hubs across London
Stats & Figures
Here's the impact of JUST ONE City Harvest Van:
Who We Are
City Harvest was founded by a small group of individuals who were aware that in London, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, there is also acute hunger. The founders also became aware of the abundance of surplus food that is wasted because of a lack of a transportation network to get the food to the hungry.
We decided to connect the available food with those Londoners who desperately need it.
Most of our professional team provides their time pro bono.
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If you have surplus food that you would like picked up and delivered to a community organisation that feeds the hungry, please let us know
City Harvest picks up nutritious surplus food that improves the health and well being of those who receive it.
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For all press enquiries, please contact Ian or Jenny Liddle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Food Donors and Recipients look forward to City Harvest visits
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