Sustainable solutions for food waste
Every month in London surplus food that could create 13.3 million meals is sent to landfill by manufacturers, retailers, restaurants and the hospitality industry. At Kusuma Trust, we’re proud to support City Harvest’s work to redirect this waste with a grant of £50,000.
City Harvest rescues over 80 tonnes of nutritious surplus food a week and provides it free of charge to over 350 organisations who support vulnerable men, women and children in London. Not only does City Harvest’s work help to feed people in homeless shelters, hostels, soup kitchens, schools and domestic abuse refuges, but it also prevents the catastrophic environmental effects of this food waste. Food in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas which, according to the UN Environment Programme, is 80 times more potent at warming our atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. By saving food from landfill, City Harvest has prevented over 57,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.
- City Harvest has delivered more than 35 million nutritious meals and rescued over 15,000 tonnes of food since 2014.
- Organic waste in landfill sites adds an estimated 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the Earth’s atmosphere each year.
- City Harvest has saved its partners more than £42 million in food costs.
Saving food to help people and planet
City Harvest will collect over 3,300 tonnes of surplus food over the course of 2022-2023 delivering over 8 million meals to around 60,000 people. Our grant will help them to increase partnerships with food donors and source as many meals as possible, maintaining 35% of fresh fruit and vegetables in the meals provided. These meals will save the charities that City Harvest supports over £16 million, money they can spend on other vital services.
City Harvest has plans to expand too. In 2022-23 they will increase their New Spitalfields Market depot by 30% so that they can help more charities in East London and deliver 320,000 more meals a year.