Over the past week, we are delighted to have donated over 230 kilograms of food and festive treats from cancelled events directly to charities. As Covid cases forced organisers at three venues into last minute cancellations – at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, The HAC and IET Savoy Place - the food would have otherwise gone to waste. All the food has been donated to City Harvest London, a charity who rescues nutritious food and delivers it to those in need. The food has gone a small way in helping the social enterprise deliver 1 million meals a month. We are very grateful to our venue teams and the charity partner for their great help.

The donation from Searcys venues included 360 mini mince pies, 5 Christmas cakes, individually baked stollens, boxes of cookies and more. There were also basic ingredients like onions, potatoes, spinach, carrots and broccoli, as well as nearly 20kg of bacon and 6kg of chicken.

“We’re so glad the food could get repurposed and that Searcys venues could make a positive out of the disappointment of the last few weeks,” says Catherine Owen, Head of Venue Sales and Marketing at 10-11 Charlton House Terrace.

The goal of City Harvest London is to put surplus food to use in a sustainable way by distributing it to organisations around London that feed the hungry. Through the work of City Harvest London, people from over 300 organisations facing obstacles including food poverty, homelessness, and domestic abuse will have access to a nutritious meal. To date, we have served over 5,000,000 meals worth of food to Londoners and have prevented over 8,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.