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Community Canteens

Our Canteens serve a hot and healthy three-course meal, made from donated surplus food, while offering a social sanctuary for those who need it.

We work with supermarkets, greengrocers and markets to redirect their usable surplus food to our canteens, where volunteers cook up a delicious lunch. 

The canteens improve well-being while developing a stronger sense of belonging, particularly for those who are elderly or socially isolated. They are spaces with a whole community approach. Everyone is welcome, and we get a great mix of ages, as well as vulnerable groups, including those affected by addiction, mental health concerns, low or no-income parents, asylum seekers, and the unemployed.

While our canteens bring people together to enjoy a meal without the stigma of receiving a handout, 79% of attendees said they returned to socialise with people they met there and friendships have continued outside of the meal.

Canteens: Our Causes


Everyone is welcome at the table

Castle Canteen


Mondays, 1 - 2.30pm

Join us for a three course lunch  and conversation with new friends

Crossways Church Hall

18 Hampton Street, SE17 3AL

Closest Buses: 196, 333, 133, 155

Closest Tube: Elephant and Castle

Clapham Canteen


Wednesdays, 1 - 2.30pm

Come along for a three course lunch  and conversation at our newest canteen

Clapham Park Cube

116 King’s Avenue,


Closest Buses: 45, 50, 57, 137, 335, 417

Closest Tube: Clapham South

Tooting Canteen

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Fridays. 1 - 2.30pm

Join us for a three course lunch, music and conversation with new friends

Tooting United Reformed Church

Rookstone Road

SW17 9NQ

Closest Buses: G1, 44, 57, 77, 270, 274, 333

Closest Tube: Tooting Broadway

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