From Michelin star restaurants to world-class markets, there's plenty of incredible food to be found in the capital. Yet with 28% of Londoners living in poverty, too many residents are going hungry.
City Harvest is doing what it can to change that, redistributing surplus food to Londoners in need — and helping to protect the environment in the process. Now, the charity is getting a brand new base in the UK's premier fruit and vegetable wholesale market.
New Spitalfields Market in Leyton provides fresh produce to over 100 companies, so naturally there's an awful lot of fruits and veggies lying around the place. Since Christmas, City Harvest has come to the market twice a week to collect the excess produce and given it to those that need it most, both directly and through its network of recipient partner organisations, which include homeless shelters and women's refuges. To date, this has resulted in over 10 tonnes of produce being reused, but having a permanent base onsite will enable the charity to feed thousands more Londoners.
As well as providing free sustenance to the capital's residents, City Harvest is also helping to save the planet, by offsetting greenhouse gases caused by landfill waste. And because of the reduction of disposal costs, Market Tenants stand to benefit, too
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