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Community Canteens

Our Canteens bring the community together as volunteers cook a delicious and nutritious meal, using surplus food. This happens in three locations, each week.

The canteens improve well-being while developing a stronger sense of community, particularly for those who are socially isolated. Everyone is welcome, and we get a 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.

Details for each canteen are below. If you would like to volunteer to cook with us, you find more information here.

End of Year Update

We will be running Festive Canteen sessions on: 

  • Monday 18 December (Castle Canteen),

  • Wednesday 20 December (Clapham),

  • Friday 22 December (Tooting).


We will work with volunteers to pull out all the stops and create a festive meal, for those who might otherwise be lonely or by themselves.

Everyone is welcome to join us for these lunches, held between 1 and 2.30pm.

Our last Canteen for 2023 with be the one on Friday 22 December, in Tooting.

Our first Canteen of 2024 will be held on Friday 5 January (Tooting). 

All three Canteens will then run from the week of 8 January 2024, and onwards.

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Can you Bee the change this December?

This time of year, is even harder for so many of the people we support. As the weather gets colder, more of those living near our Canteens have to choose between putting food on the table and turning the heating on.

Our Canteens offer a safe space to meet others over a hot, healthy meal.

We're asking for donations to support our work - and anything you give gets doubled!

Find out more, make a donation, and help us get extra here.


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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