Right now, millions of people in the UK regularly experience hunger. Yet tonnes of surplus fresh food is thrown away every day. The Felix Project set out to change this because they believe no one should have to miss a meal. Fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold, and would overwise go to waste, is collected by the project. Volunteers then sort and deliver this surplus food to 400 front-line charities, holiday programmes and schools in London so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in society.
In 2020, The Felix Project provided food for 21.1 million meals. Working with hundreds of charities and suppliers, helping disadvantaged adults and children get access to high-quality food. During the COVID-19 outbreak, they also delivered to London’s emergency food hubs, serving people who are sick and in isolation.
Volunteering at The Felix Project is a great way to fight food waste and hunger in London. As well as giving back to the local community, it’s also a fun way to keep fit and meet different kinds of people. Plus, any food that they are not able to distribute is free for volunteers to take home.
The Felix Project relies on volunteers 6 days a week to sort and manage donated food, deliver food directly in vans, and complete administrative tasks. Volunteer opportunities include driving, accompanying drivers, and helping out in the warehouse. The volunteering shifts are very flexible, and volunteers can fit their volunteering into their own schedules. To see what goes in on one of their warehouses, take a look at the video of Tacia below:
You can find more information and FAQs about volunteering on their website https://thefelixproject.org/help-us/volunteer-london
If you’d like to sign up to volunteer in East London, you can fill out an application form here.