Partners and sources of food
Trussell Trust FoodBanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. All food is donated by the public. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide.
FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty. FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste. FareShare takes surplus food to charities, but will not be giving directly to individuals.
FareShare is always looking for more charities to receive food, and perhaps you know a few that could benefit from it!
Charities: Across London there are many independent charities re-distributing food to people in need. These may be linked to a faith group, or may be offering other services beyond food. Some are only focusing on food, like FoodCycle . We recommend you check the types of food each charity offer and who is eligible.
Community groups: there are several initiatives emerging, from the traditional soup run, to the more innovative approaches like People’s Kitchen or Feeding the 5000. Some will charge for the service, as it helps them resource their projects, however the price will always be much lower than average. Others will offer food for free. And many will offer cooking classes, which will help develop skills.
Feeding the 5000 is a campaign that aims to empower and inspire the global community to enact positive solutions to the global issue of food waste. Feeding the 5000 is also the name of the campaign’s flagship event where 5000 members of the public are given a delicious free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Held twice in Trafalgar Square (2009 and 2011).
Kids Company is a charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996, providing practical, emotional and educational support to 36,000 children and young people. Every day Kids Company offers loving care to vulnerable children who have often been neglected or abused. There are an estimated 350,000 children living in severe poverty in London many of whom survive on an inadequate diet. Many of the children feel hungry and say that often there just isn’t enough food at home for them; 85% of children who come to Kids Company rely on the charity for their main meal of the day.
Plan Zheroes is a citizens’ initiative with a mission to inspire and connect food businesses and charities to give all surplus food to people who need it. Plan Zheroes never gets involved with collecting food, but aims to know everything about surplus food that’s worth knowing, develop and disseminate solutions and make it simpler to give surplus food to people who need it.
Plan Zheroes also offers many opportunities for volunteering.