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.
HELP US SAVE FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED
There’s more than enough food out there
Let's get it where it needs to go.
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 delivered more than 100 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, centres for veterans, and organisations that assist people with alcohol or drug addictions.
What impact do we make?
We distribute 5 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 rescue 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 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 distribute 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 100 community organisations that receive City Harvest food deliveries:
Acton Homeless Concer is a a local centre where those who are homeless or inadequately housed can find food, clothing, friendship, companionship and advocacy. More than 250 vulnerable people are served meals each day using our nutritious ingredients.
The Upper Room is a front line charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people from some of the most deprived areas of London. Homeless people are helped to gain the self-confidence to become economically independent and productive members of society. More than 100 people are fed each day with excellent surplus food.
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.
Stats & Figures
Here's what one City Harvest Van can do
Tons of Food Delivered One Year
Meals Delivered in One Year
Meals Delivered Each Day
Meals served in the Life of the Van
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 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 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 is the Coordinator at City Harvest and the individual who has been responsible for the acquisition and redistribution of the 50 tons of food we have rescued to date. Mark has experienced sleeping rough and is now dedicated to making a difference in the lives of all those around him and he succeeds each day. 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.
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 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 Group Head of Corporates at Lloyds Banking Group, MD at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup in NYC and while based in Hong Kong directed the Asia Mergers & Acquisitions and Industrials groups. Steve is on the board of Trustees and Treasurer of Paddington Development Trust, which focuses on urban regeneration. Steve received an MBA from Columbia Business School and earned a BA at Colgate University.
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.
Director of Communications
Jonathan is the latest member of the team. 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.
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.
City Harvest in the Press
Market News March 2015
GetWestLondon October 2014
GetWestLondon September 2015
GetWestLondon August 2014
ShareStories September 2015
Westminster World March 2016
The Grocer April 2016
Good Business April 2016
Whole Foods Whole Story May 2016