We are planning to open a brand-new larger depot in the heart of East London. We understand that boroughs like Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham have some of the highest need for fresh, nutritious food that we rescue and redistribute via our community partners. We are hoping to be opening the new depot in mid-May.
Our East London depot is going to be based in Poplar. We will be a 10-minute walk from Mile End underground station, and a 15 minute walk from Limehouse DLR and Bromley-by-Bow underground stations.
When can I volunteer?
Our depot will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 7pm and Saturday mornings.
What can I do?
We will have several roles available for volunteers. You can stick to one role or do as many as you like!
Volunteers are an essential part of the operation, sorting the food we receive from our supply partners, and preparing crates of food ready to be delivered out to the organisations that we support across London. Anyone can do it, as long as you are relatively fit and active.
Drivers are responsible for visiting our suppliers to collect high-quality and nutritious food and delivering this food to our charities. This role will give you the opportunity to get out and about in London and see first-hand the impact the charity is having on people’s lives. Drivers need to be aged over 21 years, have been driving for over a year and have no more than five points on their license.
Along with a driver, co-drivers are responsible for visiting our suppliers to collect high-quality and nutritious food and delivering this food to our charities. Co-drivers assist the driver with navigation, completing some admin tasks along the route and helping load and unload the van. Due to COVID-19, we are only allowing co-drivers to go out if they are in the same household or support bubble as the driver.
We are still working out what shifts we will have on offer in the East London depot. However, we hope to be able to have opportunities throughout the week everyone’s timetable.
Fill in an application form and we will be in touch with you to invite you to an induction in the next few weeks.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
East London Team
More than eight million people in the UK struggle to afford to eat every day, while our food industry generates 100,000 tonnes of edible food waste each year.
We rescue good food that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This is high-quality and nutritious, including a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, salads, meat and fish. We collect or receive food from suppliers, including supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delis.
We sort and then deliver this food to charities that cook meals and prepare food parcels for vulnerable people and to primary schools to distribute to children and their families.