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The Livery Food Initiative funds the latest truck in City Harvest food charity’s food rescue fleet 

On the day City Harvest’s Planet Report is published, the Lord Mayor launches the pan livery, Livery Food Initiative truck for City Harvest, London’s food rescue charity.  

The van will reduce food waste and feed the 1 in 4 people who can’t afford to eat. City Harvest rescues food, people and the planet by ensuring no good food is wasted.

Lord Mayor, Michael Mainelli, on City Harvest:

 ‘Everywhere I go, I hear about the great supportive work of City Harvest. In 2023 alone, that amounted to almost 13.2 million meals, worth a staggering £20 million in retail value.’

Lord Mayor launches City Harvest x Livery Food Initiative food rescue truck

The Lord Mayor hands keys of newly funded 7.5-tonne food rescue truck to Stephen Winningham, City Harvest Co-founder and Chairman of the Board

City Harvest scales up to meet the demand of an increasingly hungry London

City Harvest 7.5-tonne food rescue trucks rescue food from across the UK food supply chain. These vehicles allow for the rescue of a greater capacity of food, from further afield.

The truck will rescue an additional 520 tonnes of surplus food a year from City Harvest’s farm, distributor and wholesale partners across the country.

The Lord Mayor launches City Harvest's 7.5-tonne food rescue truck, funded by pan-livery group, Livery Food Initiative.


City Harvest x Livery Food Initiative Truck Launch, Mansion House, 5th March 2024

City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch
City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch
City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch
City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch
City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch
City Harvest food charity mezzanine launch

The Livery Food Initiative

The Livery Charity Chairs Group (LCCG) launched the Livery Food Initiative in 2021 in support of City Harvest, London’s original food redistribution charity, to help tackle the capital’s escalating food crisis. The aim of this Livery-wide initiative is to keep as many City Harvest vans running as possible, rescuing good food and getting it to those in most need. 
  • The Livery Food Initiative aims to reduce food poverty and address needless food waste which contributes to 1/3 of greenhouse gas production (GHG).
  • The Livery Charity Chairs Group (LCCG) recognised that we could have more impact if we collaborated and so the Livery Food Initiative was formed.
  • LCCG launched the Livery Food Initiative in December 2022, partnering with City Harvest and, to date, nearly 60 Livery companies have generously contributed. In the first year, £190,000 was raised to keep a City Harvest van on the road for 3 years.
  • City Harvest rescues food that is going to waste and delivers to 375+ charities across London, each week feeding over 100,000 people in need. More City Harvest vehicles are needed to rescue and deliver food.
  • We have asked all Livery Charities to give what they can over the next three years.

Find out more:

With thanks to the following Livery Companies for their support since we launched the truck appeal in June 2023 :

  • Actuaries
  • Air Pilots
  • Arbitrators
  • Arts Scholars
  • Barbers
  • Blacksmiths
  • Bowyers
  • Builders Merchants
  • Carmen
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Cooks
  • Coopers
  • Cordwainers
  • Drapers
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Cleaners
  • Fishmongers
  • Framework Knitters
  • Fuellers
  • Glovers
  • Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers
  • Hackney Carriage Drivers
  • Innholders
  • Investment Managers
  • Joiners & Ceilers
  • Leathersellers
  • Makers of Playing Cards
  • Management Consultants
  • Marketors
  • Mercers
  • Needlemakers
  • Plumbers
  • Security Professionals
  • Shipwrights
  • Tax Advisers
  • Tobacco Pipe Makers & Tobacco Blenders
  • Water Conservators
  • Woolmen
  • World Traders
  • Zoomers 2019-20 Past Masters

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