The Harvest season is here! While London is celebrating the bounty around us, people still need to be fed. City Harvest, often racing against time, is a rapid response unit for getting surplus food to those who need it most. We've reached a major milestone: 3 million meals delivered, but there is so much more to do. The scale of hunger and waste in London has shocked us. But with more support from our partners we can successfully connect all unused food with people in need. Watch our latest video showing our simple mission:
Reaching our three millionth meal is a logistical achievement but not something City Harvest wants to celebrate. The number of people in our city who cannot afford to eat is increasing yet there is still so much waste in our food system. We need urgent action to connect surplus food with hungry people and stem the tide of food poverty in our communities.
The scale and scope of hunger in London has shocked us
We never expected that in just a few short years we'd be delivering 80,000 meals each week to 250 charities across the city. Each day we hear from more charities who desperately need food. More food donations are needed to meet this need. Food donors contact us here.
Follow our driver Jason as he heads to a new partner: a monthly volunteer project for more than 400 hungry, destitute people. This project has been running at a school in East Finchley on the first Sunday of each month for ten years. The majority of the clients at the Drop-In have no home, and no way of cooking for themselves.
We joined forces with Jack Monroe, cookery writer and food poverty campaigner, to create a delicious brunch only using food that would be wasted. The audience learned how both Jack and City Harvest's Head of Logisitcs experienced times when food was scarce and hunger was the norm for themselves and their children. Although things improved for them, they both aim to help others. Listen to Interview here
A Trend Towards more Sustainable London Events
This year, there was much excitement on the runways over sustainable clothing. We were particularly surprised by clothes made from clothes woven from cow parsley and discarded bottles . We're pleased to say that the entire week of fashion events is becoming more green: City Harvest was called in to collect surplus food from various designer's events.
The London Restaurant Show
Throughout the year, City Harvest rescues food and prevents waste from events that are an integral part of London, like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon, Lord's Cricket, Specialty & Fine Food Fair, Eat & Drink Festival, and Emirates Stadium. The Restaurant Show this fall donated all unused food from the event to City Harvest. Our partner charities were very quickly serving some special food.
Volunteers are integral to our fight against waste and hunger - they're needed 7 days each week, daytime and evenings, to sort food and assist our drivers redistributing beautiful food from Amazon,Whole Foods,Nando's, Morrisons, M&S, Charlie Bigham's and other donors. 100% of City Harvest volunteers surveyed said they would return and bring friends and colleagues after their engaging and fulfilling experience. Corporate teams please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org