CITY HARVEST 

Overview

Since their founding, City Harvest have created an operation that delivers millions of meal ingredients from surplus food collections to hundreds of charities in London each year. In addition to providing healthy food to those in need, their activities reduce the use of landfill rubbish disposal for positive environmental impact and provide volunteering opportunities to those struggling to achieve stability in their lives.

There remains considerable unmet demand for meals in the capital, but the limiting factor is becoming the availability of food within a reasonable distance. Therefore, the next phase of their evolution will see an expansion of operations outside of London and they have transformed their storage and distribution facilities in recent years to maximise their food collection capacity. City Harvest's impact is already impressive, and they have scope to improve further as economies of scale are achieved.

Source: Giving is Great

Mission:

Preventing food being wasted and providing healthy ingredients to organisations that cater for those in need
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no income deficits in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to voluntary funds raised
  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers in recent years
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • Income has been volatile
  • Liquidity appeared to be in excess of CC guidelines at the latest year end

How you can help

Established: 9 years

http://www.cityharvest.org.uk

info@cityharvest.org.uk

0207 041 8491

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending
Sources of Income
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/22£2,870£2,884£-14£148£4,494£3,9071652986
31/03/21£5,320£1,992£3,328£110£4,509£4,1232334634
31/03/20£1,533£1,066£467£47£1,181£999102383
31/03/19£880£761£120£75£714£61881657
31/03/18£876£417£459£15£594£53413937
31/03/17£238£172£66n/an/an/an/an/a
31/03/16£357£287£69n/an/an/an/an/a

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Voluntary Income: 5%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Liabilities/Assets: 1%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 87%
Net Current Assets/Spending: 15.9 months
Asset Split
Comment: Businesses that have provided donations of food and/or funding in the past have included Morrisons, Amazon, Whole Foods, Charlie Bigham’s, Marks & Spencer, Innocent Drinks and New Covent Garden Market and New Spitalfields Market

Source: Giving is Great

What it does
  • Economic/community Development/employment
  • Education/training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
City Harvest collects surplus food from food manufacturers, farmers and retailers to distribute to organisations that feed the hungry across London
Who works here?
  • 52 employees
  • 986 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • The General Public/mankind
How it operates
  • Provides Services
Where it operates
  • Throughout England,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Donor
Amount/When/Months
To be used for
CHK Foundation
£10,000 04/08/2022
to support specified work
The EQ Foundation
£15,000 15/04/2022
Unrestricted
City Bridge Trust
£74,154 10/09/2021
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£74,154 over two years (£36,529; £37,625) for a full time Food Rescue Warehouse Manager.
The EQ Foundation
£15,000 10/03/2021
Unrestricted
City Bridge Trust
£44,100 01/03/2021
£44,100 to contribute to the salaries of the Community Impact Manager and Community Impact Officer over the next 12 months. Funding is conditional on receipt of a sufficient Job Description for the ....more
The Wimbledon Foundation
£2,500 28/01/2021
emergency food distribution in our local boroughs
The Childhood Trust
£12,750 08/12/2020
In London, 1 in 6 children will experience hunger this Christmas. The devastating impact of COVID 19 will see more families facing food poverty than ever. With your help City Harvest will deliver ....more
The Wimbledon Foundation
£2,500 09/11/2020
emergency food distribution in our local boroughs
Greenwood Place
£40,000 01/07/2020
Unrestricted funding
The Grocers' Charity
£15,000 07/05/2020
Empowering those who experience homelessness
The Wimbledon Foundation
£2,500 04/05/2020
emergency food distribution in our local boroughs
Hammersmith United Charities
£10,000 01/05/2020
Towards the cost of food delivery vans.
Westminster Foundation
£120,000 06/04/2020
3
London Food Alliance (Covid-19)
Greenwood Place
£180,000 01/04/2020
Unrestricted funding
The EQ Foundation
£15,000 26/03/2020
NHS Staff food
CHK Foundation
£10,000 23/03/2020
unrestricted (response to COVID)
The EQ Foundation
£15,000 10/12/2019
Unrestricted
Greenwood Place
£40,000 01/01/2019
Unrestricted funding
Garfield Weston Foundation
£15,000 11/10/2018
Eliminating Food Waste and Food Poverty in London
Woodward Charitable Trust
£10,000 03/10/2018
Towards extending the reach and collect service. This will continue from initial grant WCT2378.
Woodward Charitable Trust
£10,000 03/10/2018
Towards extending the reach and collect service. This will continue from initial grant WCT2378.
City Bridge Trust
£79,800 07/09/2018
£79,800 over three years (£25,800; £26,600; £27,400) for the post of Senior Warehouse Operative (40 hours per week).
London Catalyst
£4,000 09/05/2018
Volunteer Coordinator
Woodward Charitable Trust
£5,000 01/11/2017
Towards extending their reach & collect service to re-distribute healthy food to those facing deprivation and food poverty.
Mark Leonard Trust
£15,000 12/05/2017
Towards the cost of a van and driver. City Harvest collects surplus food from all segments of the food manufacture, supply, hospitality and restaurant industry and distributes it to organisations ....more
London Catalyst
£3,000 02/03/2017
Food Rescue Service: mobile communication devices and the development and refinement of the app to capture data on donations, food miles and impact.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Food Redistribution Programme

Objectives: To reduce food insecurity by efficiently diverting nutritious, edible surplus commercial food from waste and redistributing it to organisations feeding the hungry

Intervention period: Providing food supplies throughout the year

Beneficiaries: The homeless, disadvantaged children and young people, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, individuals who suffer from mental illness, families needing support, elderly people in the community who are malnourished and experiencing social isolation and refugees and asylum seekers from war torn countries

Description: City Harvest collects surplus food from retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and manufacturers to distribute to community programmes that serve meals to vulnerable people. A food rescue facility provides the space required to accept and process fresh food donations and this depot has industrial walk-in chiller and freezer units with capacity to accommodate surges in food volumes. Logistics technology help to route drivers and provide real-time impact data on food rescue efforts, allowing more community partners to serve food to vulnerable people each day

How effective are they?
Main mission: Preventing food being wasted and providing healthy ingredients to organisations that cater for those in need
Outputs
Outcomes
Y/EKg of food redistributedRetail food value saved from landfillMeals enabledKg of greenhouse gases prevented from being released
31/03/20224,964,000£23,700,00011,900,00018,998,000
31/03/20214,190,000£20,000,0009,800,00015,922,000
31/03/20201,744,000£5,144,9954,100,0006,649,000
31/03/20191,295,000£3,819,2683,000,0004,920,000
Commentary: Management consultants Bain and Company provide pro-bono support to City Harvest and monitor their impact on society. There evaluations have demonstrated significant social return on investment, with their food redistribution activities showing 10x the return on every pound spent.
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Who works here?

  • SARAH CALCUTT
    CEO
    Appointed: October 2022
Sarah is a respected Food Sector leader, part of the 6th generation of her family involved in food and farming. With a successful career centred in U.K. food and sustainability, hunger-related Public Policy issues have always been very close to her heart.
  • LAURA WINNINGHAM
    Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships
    Appointed: May 2014
Co-founder Laura was previously the founder of Peel Partners, which provided consulting services to startup businesses across many industries with a focus on financing. Before this, she was co-head of CRI Media Partners in New York, a private investment partnership which specialised in media, telecommunications, and related technology equities.
  • LINDSEY CAPE
    Head of Fundraising
    Appointed: March 2022
  • DAN MCALPINE
    Head of Food
  • MARCO TORQUATI
    Head of Community Impact
  • TAY MOTL
    Head of Charity Development
  • FIONA HOLLIS
    Head of Communications
    Appointed: June 2019
  • ABI JESSON
    Head of People
  • INDY AGNIHOTRI
    Head of Finance
  • DEAN BERNARD
    Head of Operations
  • FRAZER PRAAG
    Head of Transport
Commentary: Regular volunteers assist City Harvest as drivers’ mates, warehouse staff, in administration and in an advisory capacity. Employees are released by businesses around London to work with the charity but volunteers can also include vulnerable individuals gaining work experience and rebuilding their lives. They could be the homeless, those with mental and physical disabilities or ex-offenders in transition back to productive lives, and for some volunteers the few hours they spend at the warehouse and on deliveries may be the main constant in their lives each day.

Source: Giving is Great

How is it governed?

Trustees (7)
Current trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 47-73
Commentary:Stephen Winningham (partner of Laura Winningham) is Chair, which raises potential conflicts of interest but a Co-Chair has been appointed to maintain a balanced approach. Stephen Winningham is now Co-Chair with Ben Clarke. Kathleen Street and Patrick Street, two of their original trustees are married.
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 07/08/2015, number: 1163055
  • Registered at Companies House on 09/04/2014, number: 08986929
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Main office

Unit 8
Acton Park Estate
The Vale
LONDON
W3 7QE

Objectives

THE OBJECTS OF THE CHARITY ARE, FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT, ALL PURPOSES WHICH ARE RECOGNISED AS EXCLUSIVELY CHARITABLE UNDER THE LAWS OF EVERY PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, INCLUDING:- THE PREVENTION AND RELIEF OF POVERTY;- THE ADVANCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT;- THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE EFFECTIVE USE OF RESOURCES FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES BY CHARITIES, NGOS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS;- THE PROVISION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO WAR VETERANS TO SUPPORT THEIR RE-SETTLEMENT INTO CIVILIAN LIFE,IN PARTICULAR (WITHOUT LIMITATION) BY FACILITATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS FOOD AND DONATIONS OF FOOD FROM RESTAURANTS, MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS TO THOSE EXPERIENCING FOOD POVERTY.

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase