• City Harvest

    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


    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.

      Like Ocado for Surplus Food!

      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

      The group in Dalston supports destitute refugees and asylum seekers as they struggle to survive and adapt to life in a new country. City Harvest food deliveries have helped to make a difference to the people in crisis that visit.

    • Stats & Figures

      Here's the impact of JUST ONE City Harvest Van:


      Tons of Food Delivered One Year


      Meals Delivered in One Year


      Meals Delivered Each Day

      3 million

      Meals served in the Life of the Van

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    • 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.


      Bruce Marquart

      Community Outreach

      Bruce has a deep understanding of and commitment to finding solutions for social issues like hunger, homelessness, social exclusion and poverty based disabilities. In various leadership positions, Bruce helped individuals improve their lives and conditions and give them the self-confidence to become economically independent. Bruce has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA from Colgate University and a Bachelor of Theology (Oxon).

      Laura Winningham


      Laura and team founded City Harvest London in 2014. A passionate advocate for City Harvest New York, when she was working as a portfolio manager at an investment fund in the U.S., Laura was keenly aware after she moved to London that here was another of the world’s wealthiest cities where there was also acute hunger. Today, Laura’s vision is for City Harvest delivery vans to be as much an everyday sight on the streets of London as they are in New York, giving food another life by getting unsold food to those who need it most. Laura has a Stanford MBA and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.


      Mark Harvey

      Charity Coordinator

      Mark has experienced sleeping rough and helped found City Harvest in order to make a difference in the lives of all those around him. He has been responsible for the redistribution of tonnes of food donated to City Harvest. Mark has a wealth of knowledge about organisations that feed the hungry and their daily needs as well as an unmatched ability to source surplus food.

      Kathy Street

      Director of Business Affairs

      Kathy Street is a solicitor who practiced intellectual property,contract law and compliance regulations in New York and London for Goldman Sachs. As a qualified Executive Coach. Kathy keeps our team motivated and enthusiastic. When Kathy heard about the mission of City Harvest, she was deeply inspired and without hesitation joined the team. Kathy is also an ambassador of The Egmont Trust. Kathy earned a BS from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

      Stephen Winningham


      Stephen was Advisory Board Director at City Harvest in NYC and was eager to form a similar food rescue organisation in London. He is Head of European Corporate Finance for Houlihan Lokey and was previously Head of Corporates at Lloyds Banking Group, MD at Salomon Brothers in NYC and director of the Asia M&A and Industrials groups. Steve is on the board of Trustees and Treasurer of Paddington Development Trust, which focuses on urban regeneration. Steve earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA at Colgate University.


      Luke Withnell

      Director, Strategy

      Luke Withnell has spent his career in finance as a corporate finance and strategic adviser in a number of major banks. Most recently Luke formed McQueen, a corporate finance boutique which became an international leader in advising consumer companies. Luke brings knowledge from advising large numbers of consumer companies on their strategy and future to City Harvest where he ensures we help our partners attain their sustainability goals. Luke is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc from The London School of Economics.

      Tyrrell Young

      Director of Development

      Tyrrell recently retired from a career in the City, culminating in the International Equity Division of Morgan Stanley. Before that he worked for UBS in London and New York and at NatWest markets.Tyrrell has joined our board of trustees with responsibility for development and to focus on fundraising and marketing in particular.


      Adam Svoboda


      Adam’s background is in banking, where he has spent the majority of his career managing operations and technology groups, and working with business units to define and meet their strategic goals. At City Harvest, Adam works across all of these areas, helping the enterprise grow efficiently, dynamically, and sustainably enabling us to deliver more food to more people. In his free time, Adam coaches squash and is a keen cook. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

      Paula Merrony

      Head of Operations

      Paula is the latest member of the team, bringing years of commitment to organisations that serve vulnerable people in London. Paula was director of the Hammersmith & Fulham Community Transport Project Ltd. as well as project manager of the Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham. The team under Paula's direction goes over and above normal expectations to find solutions to get food to charities that support people facing the most challenging of conditions.

      Helen Edward

      Retail Partnerships

      Helen was previously Business Development Director for a European logistics plc and has an MBA and English and Philosophy degree.

      She is developing partnerships with supermarkets to help them manage their surplus produce for the benefit of local homeless charities by offering a City Harvest just-in-time menu-driven collection/ delivery service.


      Jonathan Woodier

      Director of Communications

      Bringing to City Harvest 25 years of experience supporting organizations to build and protect their brands around the world, Jonathan has worked with social enterprises in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. With a background in multi-platform journalism and a proven track record of helping companies to create authentic conversations with their stakeholders, he is a committed vegetarian, cyclist and believer in the circular economy and the sustainable use of surplus food.


    • Got Food?

      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.

    • Videos

      Meet Mark. He became homeless when he lost his job. Mark helped found City Harvest in order to change lives and bring communities together by delivering nutritious food.

      City Harvest Food donors accomplish their sustainability goals while making a tremendous impact in the community.

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