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
Mondays, 1 - 2.30pm
Fridays. 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
Join us for a three course lunch, music and conversation with new friends
Tooting United Reformed Church
Closest Buses: G1, 44, 57, 77, 270, 274, 333
Closest Tube: Tooting Broadway
London Cooking Project
1 Ethelburga Street
Closest Buses: 19, 49, 170, 319, 345
Closest Tube: Battersea Power station