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.



Everyone is welcome at the table

Castle Canteen

Tooting Canteen

Battersea Canteen

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Mondays, 1 - 2.30pm

Fridays. 1 - 2.30pm

Currently closed

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

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

London Cooking Project

1 Ethelburga Street

Sands End


SW11 4AG

Closest Buses: 19, 49, 170, 319, 345

Closest Tube: Battersea Power station