29 September 2021, UN International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, City Harvest is proud to introduce theCity Harvest Food Council. Founding members span the UK food industry and beyond, sharing a collective passion to educate decision-makers to stop waste, feed the hungry and heal the planet.
The City Harvest Food Council's objective is to unlock the large amounts of surplus food currently tied up in the food chain. Currently, such food is needlessly sent to landfills. City Harvest works alongside food companies offering a free solution to commercial food waste whilst sustainably addressing food poverty.
Our Food Council members serve to amplify City Harvest's message, 'Rescue food, people, and planet,'
By choosing to partner with City Harvest, food companies: reduce food waste, support people facing food poverty, and prevent the creation of needless greenhouse gases.
Rescue more surplus- All food businesses dispose of surplus stock.
The Food Council highlights that City Harvest's sustainable solution to food surplus instantly increases the amount of food we can rescue and redistribute.
Simple Sustainable Solution - Raising Awareness.
We want decision-makers in the food industry to know that working with us is easy, safe and life-changing.
Positive social impact - Supporting the community.
It's a win for any food client wanting to do the right thing. Your surplus can support local communities in need, whilst preventing CO2e gases and making sure food is used for human consumption.
If you are a business looking for a food sustainability partner, we would love to hear from you.
"City Harvest is blessed to be supported by prominent leaders from across the food sector: producers, distributors, chefs, farmers, caterers, educators, investors, and advisors.
Their insights and ideas greatly enhance our strong management team's efforts to improve people's lives.
It was always City Harvest's vision to work in close collaboration with passionate decision-makers and industry influencers, in order to make the greatest change. "
Founder of Hawksmoor
"City Harvest is at the forefront of two extremely important causes, reducing food surplus and alleviating food poverty. It’s a privilege to be able to try and help in something I, and my business Hawksmoor, care so deeply about.
Hawksmoor has done extensive work with charities working with food poverty. We have raised well over £1.5m for local, national and international charities working to alleviate food and water poverty, and Hawksmoor staff have frequently volunteered to help as well, most recently during the Covid pandemic working with a range of charities to provide over 50,000 hot meals for frontline workers and people in need."
Executive Chef, The Savoy, London
"It is an honour to be invited to join the Food Council. The Savoy has so far supported City Harvest London by preparing 2,500 quality and nutritious meals, and my management team, as well as our suppliers, look forward to continuing our support for such a worthy cause. We recycle all food waste at The Savoy and try to reduce waste at every food preparation stage and I am therefore proud to join forces on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste to work with City Harvest."
Chef, Food Writer, Broadcaster
"Working with City Harvest not only addresses the very real and extensive problem of food poverty in this country but also allows me to work alongside a streamlined, sensible and effective charity that I have no doubt will reach wider, and perhaps address other, food-related issues in the coming years. I’m honoured to contribute to City Harvest."
Director, Brookhill Advisory Limited
"Through Brookhill Advisory I work alongside the owners and management teams of UK and International businesses. Growth ambition and strong values are common to a portfolio which includes industrials, leisure, quality consumer goods/ services, recruitment, distribution, professional services and banking. I enjoy providing practical support to City Harvest - a significant food provider across London."
CEO RPM Marketing
"Joining the City Harvest Food Council is an absolute no brainer. I feel utterly compelled to help the passionate and ambitious team continue their life-changing work of rescuing and redistributing surplus food to those who need it most. City Harvest operates in a unique space and through their use of proprietorial technology, their sustainable approach and clear ambition to rescue 20m meals annually to deliver to over 1,000 charities, is a mission I feel proud to support and, in the process, hope to play a small part in helping to eradicate food poverty in the city."
CEO Noble Foods
The Black Farmer, Broadcaster
"City Harvest is delighted to work with the exceptional Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, and benefit from his wealth of history, experience and passion for sustainable farming and desire for positive business, agricultural and social growth. Wilfred is a dynamic activist for good, and his joining the City Harvest Food Council is an honour."
M&S Chef, Author, Broadcaster
“As a chef, I’m passionate about making good food accessible for everyone. It’s been a privilege to get involved with the important work City Harvest is doing. I’ve been out in a City Harvest van delivering surplus food and was stunned by the quantity and quality of food that was destined for the landfill. I’m excited to help raise awareness and create change across the entire food industry.
Let’s stop food waste and start getting tasty meals to people who need them.”
Chief Strategy Officer, Young Foodies
"Food waste is one of the world's most valuable problems to solve. A complex chain requiring efforts from many parties, I'm passionate about incentives and structures to minimise waste and efficiently redistribute surplus - it makes business sense as well as delivering great social benefit.
I was previously Head of Operations globally for food waste technology business, Winnow Solutions - helping to empower thousands of chefs around the world to reduce food waste."
MD, Leiths Cooking School
"In my role at Leiths, I have been a huge advocate of the work that charities such as City Harvest have been doing to redistribute excess food and take it directly to the people who will benefit most. Right since the early days of the school, we have had a system in place to donate surplus food, so we were delighted when City Harvest stepped in to make this function mainstream. At Leiths we took the decision that no food would be sent to landfill.
Bain Capital, former CEO Burton’s Biscuits, Chairman of Young Foodies
"There is more than enough surplus food in London to feed all of those in need every day I can’t wait to be working with this extraordinary group to help address two critical challenges simultaneously - food waste and food poverty.
By harnessing the collective skills, experience and networks of the Council I think we will be able to make a real difference and build on the terrific momentum that City Harvest has already created”.
Co-Head UK, Houlihan Lokey
"City Harvest does a phenomenal job redistributing excess food to those that need it most. As a long-standing M&A adviser to companies and investors in the food industry, I wanted to use my knowledge and connections to make a positive change.
It is an honourable and valuable cause and I was flattered to be asked to join the food council."
Global Head of Convenience BP
A foodie with a passion for setting a vision, rallying people to make it happen and redefining what good can look like. I like to think I am a great relationship builder who brings people together across functions to drive change, growth, and innovation.
Founder, Partners in Produce, NED New Covent Garden Market
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining the City Harvest board and Food Council, I was introduced to their mission via their partnership with the Lord Mayor’s office. The National Fruit Show has redistributed the competition fruit to food banks and charities related to children for the last six years. The role of City Harvest is a crucial one in addressing the issue of redistribution of production surplus at source as well as working closely with major retailers, we have a food problem in the UK and the work of organisations like City Harvest is crucial in improving the diets of those who need fresh food the most."
TV Chef, Restaurateur
“Food poverty has been a huge problem in this city for a long time and this has only been amplified by the effects of the pandemic.
City Harvest is tackling this in the most incredible way, reducing food waste and in turn helping those in need, and I am so honoured to be working alongside them.”
FD Gusto Italian, former Group FD Carluccio's, City Harvest Trustee
"I feel honoured to have been asked to join the City Harvest Food Council. Having worked in restaurants for my whole career, I know the hugely important role that they and hospitality, in general, have in our daily lives. However, every hungry mouth or missed meal is a travesty and my aim is to use my knowledge of and contacts in the industry to help City Harvest continue delivering food to society's most in need, alleviating some of their pain and suffering."
Camilla al Fayed
Founder of Farmacy Restaurant
Hill Capital, former City Harvest Trustee
"I am delighted to join the Food Council and do what I can to help City Harvest fulfil its crucial role in putting surplus food to good use. I believe the entire restaurant industry should participate in this type of initiative. All of the businesses I have invested in have strong ESG credentials and commitments and are doing something to avoid wasting food surplus - whether that is by minimising waste, participating in redistribution schemes or financially supporting charities like City Harvest."
Founder Deli Sante Limited
"My favourite quote is by Gandhi, 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world’. In these times of poverty, global warming and food scarcity, it's more important than ever for us to take individual responsibility and make a proactive effort to reduce hunger, reduce our carbon footprint and bring joy to those in need.
That’s why I’m on the City Harvest Food Council. "
Former CEO, Berry Gardens
“Having spent over 25 years in the fresh produce and fresh food sectors, awareness of food waste has certainly made its way up the agenda. However, initiatives still seem to exist as independent endeavours, with several missing links in the chain. This isn't about competitive advantage but a humanitarian crisis. Having volunteered for our local community food bank for some time, there is a limitation in being able to handle fresh, nutritious surplus food. I would advocate that businesses have a role to play in supporting food banks with infrastructure as well as goods that are still fit for consumption"
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