City Harvest

Sysco GB has extended its partnership with leading emergency food charity City Harvest to provide food to vulnerable groups across the UK.

The agreement will see Sysco provide around 200,000 meals to the charity every year, saving an estimated 330 tonnes of carbon.

City Harvest will collect surplus food from Fresh Direct, Wild Harvest, and Brakes’ London depots several times a week.

The charity has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its services, due to the impact of the cost of living crisis.

It said that one in four Londoners now faced food insecurity, meaning people were increasingly turning to food banks in order to get by.

“City Harvest loves working with sustainable companies like Sysco to co-create maximum positive social impact,” said City Harvest CEO Sarah Calcutt. 

“Our partnership with Sysco ensures no good food is wasted and people facing extreme hardship will be able to feed their families.”

Sysco GB sustainability manager Emily Pinkney said: “It’s fantastic to work with an organisation like City Harvest to ensure surplus food goes to support people who really need it.

“Our goal is to minimise food waste through every stage of our operations, but sometimes it’s unavoidable, and this partnership will help ensure that it’s not wasted.

“Working with City Harvest is so easy, we recommend them to other companies as a sustainable solution to surplus food.”

Fresh Direct employees will also volunteer at the City Harvest to ensure that they understand the demands on the charity.