A London-based food redistribution charity is seeking funds after experiencing a massive surge in the amount of food it receives after restaurants were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ordinarily, City Harvest typically receives thirty-five tonnes of food a week. But since 20 March, when the majority of London restaurants were closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the charity has been receiving twenty tonnes a day.
The charity’s van drivers usually distribute seventy van loads of food per week and this has now doubled per week to over 140 van loads.
The charity has calculated they have saved 110 tonnes of food this week and helped to create 255,000 meals – up from the 9 million meals they have created from January 2020 to date.
The warehouse is starting to resume a small sense of normality, the shelves that were 10 deep are now three and they are no longer firefighting to ensure that food isn’t being wasted but being able to freeze food for future use.
In order to cope with the added influx and to ensure that as much of the food as possible is redistributed to charities across the capital, City Harvest has launched a GoFundMe campaign.