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Together we’re making a difference

05 February 2019

We’re working with Community Food Enterprise (CFE) to ensure that left-over food finds a good home. CFE work with numerous community projects, including homeless shelters and soup kitchens, to ensure that healthy and nutritious food reaches people who need it the most. As a result of the events we host, we regularly donate surplus food to vulnerable people living on our doorstep.

Their work includes:

Nurseries and schools: CFE support healthy eating in schools throughout East London, by providing them with weekly deliveries of fresh fruit for their tuck shops. They also supply grocery provisions for breakfast clubs, in infant, primary and secondary schools, as well as vegetables for lunches at local nurseries. 

Community support services: CFE help community food projects throughout East London by providing them with a range of services including buying, delivering and sharing resources. Without this valuable service, many would not be in a financial position to provide valuable service to their communities. 

Social food outlets: To facilitate and promote healthy eating in areas classified as ‘food deserts’, CFE have developed a mobile food store, to provide local people with access to nutritious food.

Food waste: CFE uses its infrastructure (vehicles, warehouse space and distribution network) to support the work of the Gleaning Network UK by collecting, storing and redistributing produce harvested by them, from farms throughout England. 


What this means:

“ExCeL London have been a key supporter of CFE. Staff at ExCeL have rallied round to collect tinned food when we were short of produce. At Christmas we received toys to give out to children who otherwise would not receive any gifts. More recently the venue has donated been surplus food which has enabled us to feed additional members of our community. We are thankful for ExCeL’s support.”

- Eric Samuels, Community Food Enterprise

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone ExCeL for all the toys that were distributed to us last Christmas through Community Food Enterprise.  It brought smiles to so many children’s faces, whose parents would never be able to afford to treat their children at Christmas.”

- Humera Ali, Refugee & Migrant Service Worker, Refugee and Migrant Project 

“All the donations that we receive are gratefully appreciated and used by the local community who rely on our centre as a food bank.  Everything we receive is used. So, thank you for the support you give us with the donations.”

- Tracy Lambert, Community Cafe Coordinator, RDLAC, Newham


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