city harvest - london
Rescuing Quality Food to Feed the Hungry
1/3 of all food is wasted
1/4 Londoners face food poverty. City Harvest to the Rescue.
How our Food Changes Lives
Hear, first-hand, who our food helps & why it is a life-line to so many Londoners.
Donate, Volunteer, Promote
We rely on donations of money, food & volunteering. Find out how you can help.
Easy. Sustainable. Free
Are you a Food Manufacturer, Retailer or Business with surplus food? We will redistribute quality food - for free. Read more.
We're making a big impact on hunger and food waste
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.
Greenhouse gas offset to date.
11 Million Meals
That's how much food we've rescued to date.
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 £14 million, free, to our partners and offset over 15,000 tons 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 social media. 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
“I love volunteering at City Harvest. All the staff are very friendly, also the volunteers. The atmosphere is very homely. We are like a family. I enjoy going there each time. I would go more often if I could. I would encourage anyone to be a volunteer at City Harvest.” Pam
Our Recipient Partners
Some of the 300 community organisations receiving 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.
SEAPIA meets the needs of the community by providing a hub where children can express themselves freely, the elderly and isolated residents can meet to socialize with the younger generation over a warm meal with food delivered by City Harvest.
A small social enterprise offering positive, meaningful activities to people on low incomes or at risk of loneliness, poverty and isolation. City Harvest food is used in warm meals at this supportive environment.