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City Harvest London
About Us
Our Mission:
Volunteer at City Harvest London, a fast-moving food redistribution charity, rescuing food from going to waste and delivering it, for free, to 350+ charities across London.
The cost-of-living crisis has created a food emergency...
Currently 1 in 4 Londoners are struggling to afford to eat. Yet London produces nearly 2 million tonnes of food waste each year. City Harvest rescues nutritious food from going to waste and we need your help to get it to those communities in need.

Our volunteers are critical to our impact. Without the time and support of our volunteers, we are unable to process the volume of surplus food we rescue. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can rescue, and more people can eat.

For every hour you volunteer, City Harvest is able to deliver enough food for 530 meals... Volunteers are the life and soul of all we do at City Harvest: the packers, the stackers, the sorters, and the porters. We couldn’t do what we do without the support from amazing people like you!
Our Values
Our Values are incredibly important to us. We ask that all staff and volunteers subscribe to these values, which are embedded within daily life at City Harvest:
We believe in the spirit of community.
We are driven to achieve more, making a difference to families and individuals around us.
We are united in our commitment to help and support others.
We are stronger as a team – friendship and camaraderie are important to us.
We are honest and accountable.
100% of our volunteers would recommend the volunteer experience at City Harvest.
City Harvest Volunteer Feedback Survey , May 2022
Volunteer Testimonials
Who better to tell our story than our very own volunteers!

Discover some testimonials from our amazing City Harvest volunteers below...
Everything about City Harvest’s work makes the heart sing. The people, the mission, the donors, the trustees and the recipients. Charities are all about mission and people.
Rachael, Volunteer
Volunteering at City Harvest has been an absolute lifeline - every day is different and exciting, and made all the more enjoyable knowing how much of an impact it’s having on the people who need it.
Josh, Volunteer
I love coming here, seeing people with smiley faces and positive attitudes. It gives me a great boost to know that I’m doing something good for society!
Lali, Volunteer
City Harvest is basically therapy. The positivity is infectious and it’s a place to escape to and feel like you’re doing good. I don’t know what I would have done without City Harvest!
James, Volunteer
Fancy joining our team and becoming a City Harvest Hero to help us feed London?
Please find our available roles and our 5 SIMPLE STEPS below to become a City Harvest volunteer!
What we need
• Volunteers aged 18+ • Enthusiasm for food rescue! • Desire to help others • Flexibility • Ability to be a team player • Respectful to all
Currently, we are seeking the following role/s:

• unloading deliveries
• sorting donations
• creating mixed trays of food
• quality control: checking and grading fresh food
• helping to load vans ready for delivery
• daily warehouse tasks

*Due to the nature of our operation, current roles all require standing, walking, and lifting. Staff will be on hand to support and train you.

*Every volunteering experience with City Harvest is different. Roles assigned per slot will depend on the time of day and where the need is greatest on the day.

Our operation is spread across 2 London locations:

Acton (W3): multiple slots per day (between 8am – 8pm), 7 days a week
New Spitalfields Market (E10): weekday mornings, Mon - Thurs (8am - 12pm)
What you’ll get from the experience
• Being part of a close, supportive, and thriving community • A sense of purpose and fulfilment • Opportunity to learn new skills and gain different experiences • Fitness in a sociable environment
Your contribution will have a direct social and environmental impact: preventing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from food waste and getting nutritious surplus food to people who need it most.

Volunteering at City Harvest is also a lot of fun! According to a recent survey, 100% of our volunteers would recommend the volunteer experience at City Harvest.

*City Harvest is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for our volunteers and staff, where people are treated equally, and we are transparent about our intentions and goals. The City Harvest Volunteer Team are here to support you, so please reach out to provide feedback and express any ideas or concerns.
Join us by creating your Time Counts profile, using the link below!

Follow the link sent to your email to activate your account and continue to STEP 2!

We care deeply about all our volunteers and we are committed to keeping everyone healthy and safe.
We have created a City Harvest New Volunteer Checklist of resources to review, and ask each of our volunteers to complete this BEFORE joining us.

Each resource is designed to give all of the up-to-date information, to make sure everyone at City Harvest feels safe and looked after when they join us to help others!

Please find a link to your City Harvest Volunteer Induction below:

Once reviewed, please notify our team by sending your completed City Harvest New Volunteer Checklist via the link below:
Visit 'Opportunities', then 'Schedule', to find our available slots and join us for your first shift!
Click ‘Sign-up’ to register for a slot, and 'Join the Waiting List' to be notified of any availability from cancellations.
Please arrive on time for your first shift, as you will receive a full induction on who we are at City Harvest, what we do and what your role will be as a volunteer.
And there you have it - you're a part of the City Harvest family, and we are so happy to have you onboard!
Want to know more?
Check out our FAQs to discover more about volunteering at City Harvest, or scroll down to find out more and read what some of our volunteers think!
Find out more about what we do!
Want to get more involved?
There is so much you can do to help us with our mission of helping to save food and feed London... find a few ways below!
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Get in Touch
City Harvest London
Unit 8, Acton Park Industrial Estate
W3 7QE
United Kingdom
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