Surplus Food Collection Volunteer

  • Voluntary
  • UK
  • Volunteer

About the role 

As a Surplus Food Collection volunteer you’ll play a vital part in making our community meals happen, by ensuring that your weekly FoodCycle session has a regular donation of food. You’ll pick up surplus food donations from our partner supermarkets and local retailers, ensuring a prompt, reliable and friendly collection each week. You’ll then bring the surplus food back to your local Project venue and store it securely. You can do this on foot, by bike or by car! You don’t need to have any previous experience – you just need to be passionate about reducing the amount of food that’s wasted in our society!

About FoodCycle

Week in, week out we nourish the hungry and lonely in our communities with delicious meals and great conversation, using food which would otherwise go to waste.

FoodCycle aims to:

  • Connect communities
  • Support mental health and wellbeing
  • Nourish the hungry
  • Promote sustainability
  • Inspire change 

A FoodCycle Project is where the magic happens. Each Project is run on the ground by a team of lead volunteers called Project Leaders, who ensure the smooth running of their FoodCycle Project. Project Leaders are passionate, committed and want to make a positive change within their community. They take ownership and make decisions about the day-to-day running of their Project.

Skills you'll learn

  • Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to collect food from a range of retailers.
  • Relationship building: you'll build lasting relationships with store managers and volunteers.

What to expect from FoodCycle

  • Ongoing support and advice from a FoodCycle Project Leader.
  • Expenses, including mileage, covered in line with our volunteer policy.
  • Free online training modules, including first aid awareness and food allergens.
  • The opportunity to take on additional tasks/responsibilities.
  • Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
  • The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
  • A fun, creative volunteer experience within a community-led Project.
  • We are an equal opportunity organisation and welcome volunteers with diverse abilities

What’s expected from me 

  • Have bags of enthusiasm! 
  • Follow all FoodCycle policies and procedures – including the volunteer agreement. 
  • Follow all training you receive when registering with us.
  • Support FoodCycle to fulfil its mission of nourishing communities with food and conversation.

Please note: you must not be barred from working with children and adults who may be vulnerable and at risk of abuse or neglect.

When driving: 

  • A full UK driving licence. 
  • A road-worthy vehicle with up-to-date road tax and MOT certificate. 
  • Fully comprehensive insurance. 
  • Read and agree to FoodCycle’s Volunteer Drivers Policy.

When cycling: 

A road-worthy bicycle (with ability to hitch a trailer) and a helmet.

When walking: 

Sensible shoes and a sturdy backpack/bag.

Time commitment

Give as much as you feel! It is easy to volunteer with FoodCycle and we don’t look for minimum commitments, but we love it if you keep coming back! An average surplus food collection volunteer slot is 2 hours.

To apply

Register to volunteer here then sign up to a surplus food collection slot online. If you’re using a car to collect surplus food then we will need to see copies of the following, before you start volunteering: 

  • Your driving licence. 
  • Your road tax and MOT certificate. 
  • Your insurance policy.

This role is advertised as part of TPP's Free Giving Back Services. This volunteer advertisement copy has been supplied to TPP and applicants apply direct to the organisation. Please contact the organisation directly if you have any questions about this volunteer role.

Nikki Waite Marketing Assistant

Apply for this role

  • 020 7198 6000
  • TPP Recruitment, Northern & Shell Building, 4th Floor, 10 Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AF