Robin Campbell, St James’s Food Hospitality Outreach Co-ordinator, talks about our partnership with City Harvest and asks that we give back to them for Harvest Festival.
Since its inception, FEAST has partnered with City Harvest who supply the food donations that enable us to create a hot two-course menu every Monday at St James’s, for those experiencing homelessness and living on low incomes. City Harvest is a food surplus distribution agency which aims to rescue food from supermarkets and catering companies that would otherwise be thrown away, contributing to the 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions that food waste creates in the UK each year (as reported by WRAP in 2018).
Each Monday, we receive an array of beautiful fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy delivered by the volunteer drivers at City Harvest which we then, ready-steady-cook style, use to create a delicious and nutritious menu with. Every week, City Harvest helps us save approximately 140kg of food from waste, which translates to just over 7 tonnes of food saved per year -that’s the equivalent of a large male elephant.
This October, we would like to give back to our long-standing partner and show solidarity in our shared goals of minimising food waste and addressing food poverty by supporting City Harvest’s Harvest festival. City Harvest are asking for a collection of non-perishable food items, specifically pasta, rice, cereals, tins and jars. Please bring any donations to the service on Sunday 8th October at 11am, or you can also leave donations at the Rectory in the week before.