Giving Food Another Life
City Harvest London puts surplus food to use in a sustainable way,
distributing to organisations that feed the hungry
8 million meals
That's how much food we've rescued to date... City Harvest London is on a mission to get all surplus food to those who need it most.
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. City Harvest collects this nutritious surplus food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers, hotels and caterers.
What impact do we make?
We are sustaining people and planet!
The food we redistribute 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. We divert food from landfill where it would release greenhouse gases that lead to climate change. To date, we've redistributed food valued at more than £9 million, free, to our partners and offset over 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Who do we deliver to?
We provide support to 300 organisations that feed the city's most vulnerable people
City Harvest regularly delivers high quality, nourishing food to organisations that provide meals to vulnerable people including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children's programs, centres for the elderly, and refuges for women experiencing domestic violence.
How do food donors benefit?
We provide safe, easy, reliable food rescue
We make it simple for food businesses to donate their nutritious food to desperate people, reduce their waste collection costs and prevent climate change. Customers prefer to patronise sustainable restaurants and retailers who are featured on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Food donor employees experience a huge morale boost from giving to those in need.
What is really important to us?
Enabling all people to eat great food
City Harvest vans are greeted with excitement because people know that they contain high quality food (and sometimes flowers!) from some of the best stores in London. Our food both nourishes and transforms lives. Our commitment to solving the issue of hunger goes beyond food donations. Many of our warehouse staff, drivers and volunteers have experienced homelessness and hunger first-hand and their passion for helping others has strengthened our mission.
What are our values as employers?
Commitment to each individual
At City Harvest, our team consists of passionate individuals, many of whom have experienced food poverty and now are trying to help other people turn their lives around. We are committed to each person on our team and believe that in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is important to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer. We were recently celebrated at London's historic Guildhall with an award for being an inspiration to others in the non-profit sector.
End Waste. Fight Hunger
9.2 million meals are missed monthly because of food poverty in London.
13.4 million meals are wasted monthly by businesses.
City Harvest To The Rescue
We're making a big impact on hunger and food waste. Here are some of our accomplishments by the numbers:
Value of free food we've delivered to other charities
Meals delivered to people facing hunger.
Tonnes of surplus food we have rescued to date.
Number of meals we rescue and redistribute in one week.
Organisations we deliver food to each week.
Donate to Help Us Eliminate Food Poverty in London and Fight Climate Change
Your contribution will help us get more surplus food to those who need it most.
The food is there, it's simply a matter of logistics!
Be part of the team making London first to be a zero waste city.
£50: delivers 200 nutritious meals
£100: feeds a family of 4 for a month
£250: provides breakfast to 1,000 disadvantaged children
Keep Our Vans Rolling
1 T Shirt = 80 Meals Saved
Our Recipient Partners
Just some of the 300 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.
Bubble & Squeak is a brand new kids ran social enterprise based in East Acton, London.
The children learn about healthy eating and the perils of waste, then redistribute surplus fruit and veg from City Harvest deliveries to local parents from Old Oak Primary School's Playground.
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.
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.
FoodCycle is a national charity that runs local projects where volunteers are trained to cook healthy, tasty, three-course meals 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 projects across London, as well as for one-off events.
City Harvest Videos
Even our largest food business partners wonder how City Harvest rapidly redistributes such a wide array of surplus food each and every day, despite not knowing what foods we will be receiving. Watch what our talented and dedicated team can do in 24 hours!
The City Harvest story. Learn about the social role our food plays in helping families, the community and the planet. "It's not only about giving someone a bowl of soup, it's about them sitting next to someone else when they get that bowl of soup and sharing their concerns"
City Harvest works in the communities that we know and are a part of. Our drivers, like Eileen who shares her story here, are passionate about the work they do, especially when they're directly helping friends and neighbours.
The scale and scope of hunger in London surprises most people. City Harvest has grown so quickly because the need is so great. Food for millions of meals has been redistributed to our partner charities. More needs to be done.
Media & Awards
The great work City Harvest London does has been recognised both in the press and with a number of prestigious awards.
Edie Sustainability Leaders
The Sustainability & Community Development nomination recognises our impact reducing the effects of climate change whilst reducing food waste.
Caroline Walker Trust Award
City Harvest's award for Campaigner of the Year recognises our significant contribution to the field of food and public health, ensuring nourishing food is available to all.
Living Wage Champion
City Harvest was awarded a prestigious prize for taking a lead in the charitable sector, supporting our employees by paying the voluntary living wage.
Urban Food Awards
The Mayor of London commended City Harvest as a Surplus Superstar for initiatives working to reduce food waste. CEO Laura Winningham received a Women in Food award.
Charity of the Year
City Harvest received this recognition of our work in London by one of the most prestigious cookery schools in the UK. Together we will focus on reducing the environmental impact of wasting food.
Creativity As a Force for Good
Not-for-profit, creative organisation ADCAN recently selected City Harvest to be a focus for filmmakers from across the globe to create works that spread our mission statement as part of the ADCAN Awards.
Edie Sustainability Awards
City Harvest received this award for the work that it has done to tackle food waste in the capital, as underlined by the growing demand for its services nationally.
National CSR Awards
City Harvest was selected for the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle award in a ceremony that celebrates organisations that are making strides towards a better world for people and planet.
BusinessGreen Leaders Awards
City Harvest's nomination for Circular Business of the Year recognizes our significant, innovative and quantifiable impact on reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
In the Press
City Harvest Blog
Committed to fighting food poverty
Who We Are
City Harvest London was founded in 2014, by a small group of individuals who were aware that in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, there is also acute hunger. The founders also became aware that there was no transportation network to get the abundance of surplus 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.
Head of Finance
Fleet & Facilities Manager
Head of Charity Development
Schools and Young People
Legal & Business Affairs
Alice Avis, MBE
We love connecting with our partners, and we hope it shows!