Help needed by food bank charity providing 2000 free meals a day in the City of London, UK


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    We are a food bank charity and kindness initiative based in London. We cook 2000 free hot meals a day, feeding homeless, immigrants, families, students... all and everyone is welcome. Our hope is not just to feed hungry bellies, but to inspire kindness in others. The charity has been running for 30 years by a dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping

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    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to participate in a truly meaningful project. Each week you will help to feed 10,000 people with a sumptuous, free meal - not just helping those who might be struggling, but demonstrating human goodness and generosity, inspiring people to think differently. You will be truly making a difference in the world.

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    *️️️️️️️️️We are especially looking for an individual with film-making abilities and an individual with social media skills so we can create and promote a short film about the work we do*️️️️️️️️️

    Most of the help needed is in preparing food each morning. That includes chopping veg, stirring the big pot, baking cakes, frying poppadoms, cleaning and tidying... normal kitchen life, but on a much bigger scale. We don't typically need help serving food, but we will make sure that you get a chance to go out at some point during your trip. Please note that we start early each morning. Your working times will be 7am -12pm, Monday to Friday, so if getting up early is difficult for you then we are likely not the best place for you. On some days we may ask that you help from 11am - 4pm, but we will give you a few days notice. Our team is very welcoming and easy going. We want people to feel very happy here.

    This is a list of tasks that will be performed each morning:

    Cleaning previous days food containers.
    Unloading produce from the van for storage.
    Chopping vegetables for the next days cook.
    Mixing dough and baking cakes.
    Stirring the large pot.
    Emptying the large pot into containers.
    Cleaning the large pot.
    Preparing the pot for next days cook.
    Loading the containers into the van and rickshaws.
    Frying poppadoms.
    Cleaning work spaces.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Russian

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is a basic, small, cosy, mixed, basic dorm for everyone, but you will have a bed (most likely an inflatable mattress) and you will be warm. We are only a small project, so no frills, sorry, and, to be honest, we are much more concerned with service than we are comfort, but you will be looked after and valued, for sure.

    In terms of food, you are welcome to enjoy the meals we make each day, and to help yourself to whatever food we have onsite. Please note that we are strictly vegetarian only on-site.

    There is no wi-fi onsite, but there is a library less than 5 minutes walk away with free wi-fi, as well as countless coffee shops, food outlets with wi-fi etc. We would like a community feel here, with more human interaction and less staring at screens. :)

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    What else ...

    We will give priority to applicants looking for longer term stays. Please bring a sleeping bag and towel. We will provide a pillow and bedding. We are located in some rooms at the back of an underground car-park, so be prepared for an odd location! However, inside is nice enough.

    We are based in the City of London, about 5 minutes walk from St, Paul's Cathedral. London is London... you will always find something to do, and here you will be right in the middle. Each day you will be finished by mid-day, so you will have more than enough time to go explore the city.

    Please do not consume meat, alcohol or drugs on-site. You are free to smoke outside of our premises at the main gates. If you know that you are a loud snorer then it is best not to apply since the accommodation is dorms and it is important that everyone gets good rest. It is a good idea to bring ear plugs and an eye mask.

    To repeat... we are in an odd location, and there is nothing fancy here, so don't be shocked when you turn up and see what we are! But I can almost 100% guarantee that you will have an amazing time with us. We are a small team of full-time volunteers dedicated to doing good in the world. You will love it.

    We have two cats here for those with allergies.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/ day, 5 days week maximum

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