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City Harvest
City Harvest is a ‘food redistribution charity.’ We rescue nutritious surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers, producers and retailers, and deliver over 1 million meals every month, for free, to 375+ London charities feeding those facing food poverty.  Volunteer roles with City Harvest are critical to our impact. For every hour you volunteer, City Harvest is able to deliver enough…

Volunteer at City Harvest London, a fast-moving food redistribution charity rescuing food from going to waste and delivering, for free, to 375+ charities across London.

Across the UK, the cost-of-living crisis has created a food emergency. Currently, 1 in 4 Londoners struggles 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 who rely on our support.

Volunteer roles with City Harvest are critical to our impact. For every hour you volunteer, City Harvest is able to deliver enough food for 530 meals. Without the time and support of our volunteers, we simply could not do this!

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



Every volunteering experience with City Harvest is different. There is huge flexibility depending on the amount of time you can commit. Roles assigned will depend on the time of day and where the need is greatest.


Currently we are seeking the following roles:


• unloading deliveries

• creating mixed trays of food

• quality control: checking and grading fresh food

• helping to load vans

• daily warehouse tasks


*Due to the nature of our operation, current roles all require standing, walking, and lifting. Manual handling training is provided, and staff will be on hand to support you.


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 Impact:

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. 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!

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Our volunteers work amongst our City Harvest team and other volunteers, all working together to feed London!
A site-specific video induction is provided, so that you feel informed and motivated before even arriving for your first volunteer slot.

When you arrive for your first volunteer slot, we will provide an onsite induction as well, so that you feel confident and comfortable in the environment you will be volunteering.

As part of the sign-up process, we ask you to watch our specialised manual handling training, which we will provide ongoing support with.

Time commitment

Open 7 days a week in Acton and 4 mornings a week in Leyton, we offer a flexible slot-booking system on our online volunteer platform, called Time Counts, so volunteers are able to join us at times that best suit you.

Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.