Volunteer with The Felix Project to help Londoners facing food poverty and fight food waste at the same time.

90% of roles at our charity are volunteer-based, which means getting good food to good causes really is up to our amazing volunteers. We have five different London locations to choose from and a number of different roles you can get involved with - from sorting food, to admin work, cooking in our kitchen, or driving our green Felix vans.

Volunteer with The Felix Project, London's leading food redistribution charity, and join thousands of fellow Londoners in the fight against food waste and hunger.

Felix Project offers a range of volunteer opportunities across London for Groups and Individuals.

Become a Felix Project Volunteer today!

Select one of our volunteering opportunities below to learn more

Why volunteer with Felix Project?

“I've spent some mornings preparing crates of food to go out in the vans, sorting goods in the fridges, sorting through the fruit and veg and just generally being a helping hand.

I love being part of something that makes a difference and The Felix Project does absolutely that, it makes such a difference to so many people.”

Ana, Felix Volunteer and HR manager at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park.

  • Fight hunger - last year we delivered over 32million meals to hundreds of charities and schools in London.
  • Stop food waste and protect the environment - The carbon footprint of the rescued food was the same as 20,000 return flights to New York!
  • Make a huge difference to your local area AND to the whole of London.
  • Join a community of like-minded Londoners feeding people in need & protecting the planet.

ALREADY A VOLUNTEER?

Fun and varied roles across our warehouses, kitchen, and green scheme.

Flexible shifts with no minimum commitment – book when it suits.

Training and support from our team of volunteer managers, and socials to say thank you.

Unique experiences of large-scale food production and commercial kitchens.

Volunteers support The Felix Project in a number of ways in our depots, kitchen and Green Scheme operations.

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Depots - Poplar, Deptford, Enfield & Park Royal

Volunteer as a warehouse assistant volunteer - help us sort surplus rescued food and prepare deliveries for our community organisations

  • Volunteer drivers - rescue surplus food from suppliers and deliver food to local community organisations
  • Volunteer co-driver - join one of our drivers out on the road and help rescue surplus food and deliver it!
  • Office-based roles - support our operation behind the scenes with office and administration tasks
Find out how to become a Depot Volunteer here!
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Kitchen - Poplar only

  • Support Felix's Kitchen by preparing and packing meals
Find out how to become a Felix Kitchen Volunteer here!
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Green Scheme - Central London

Volunteers walk, cycle or drive one of Felix's electric vans to collect surplus food and deliver it straight out to local community organisations in Central London

Find out how to become a Green Scheme Volunteer here!
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Group Volunteers - Poplar, Deptford, Park Royal, Enfield and Green Scheme

  • Looking for a fun team building activity or a way to give back to your local community as an organisation? You can volunteer as a team at one of our Depots or at our Kitchen in Poplar!
  • Looking to volunteer as a team with Green Scheme? We have options available for teams to "take over" a Green Scheme route every week for a period of time. Unfortunately we're unable to offer "one-off" group volunteer opportunities with Green Scheme.
Find out more about Group Volunteering here!

Got a question? Get in touch

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Volunteering has enabled me to obtain a good understanding of what happens to unwanted food from wholesalers and retailers in an urban environment. I would like to think that the support that I have given, big or small, has benefited someone somewhere.

Winston Gordon , Volunteer

When I saw the ad in the Evening Standard late last summer I immediately knew this was the kind of volunteering I wanted to get involved in. The wonderful food we pick up is far too precious to be thrown away, and so it makes sense to distribute to different charities. So rewarding - can’t get better than that!

Thérèse Diffey , Volunteer

As I retired recently I started helping out on the Felix Project in West London. A worthy cause that came from a sad event. I love the work and the people are fun and I enjoy spending a morning or afternoon giving something back to the community.

Sean Birch , Volunteer

I am a retired person with too much spare time on my hands and this volunteering opportunity gives me something useful to do, as well as the chance to meet new people.

Ken Goodman , Volunteer

There is so much food wasted every day when there are people all around us who are hungry. Collecting surplus food donated by supermarkets and delivering it direct to other charities, who then use this food to make meals, is such a simple but brilliant idea.

Tony Stokes , Volunteer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How old do I need to be to volunteer?

You need to be 16 years or older in order to volunteer with us. However, if you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult who will volunteer alongside you.

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Do I have to be physically fit?

You need to be fairly active to be a Felix volunteer. Warehouse, Green Scheme and van roles involve lifting - sometimes crates of food and boxes can weigh up to 10kg. However, we do have office roles and will work with you to find a role that suits your physical fitness.

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Do I need a driving licence?

Felix's Volunteer Drivers need a valid UK licence. Felix drivers must be over 21 years old and have been driving for over 1 year, with no more than 6 points on their licence. We also ask drivers to complete a minimum of 1 warehouse shift, 2 co-driving shifts and an assessment before setting out on the road alone. This is so our drivers feel comfortable in our vans and confident with our processes.

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Can we volunteer as a family or group?

All volunteers must be over 16 and must sign up individually. Once you've completed your training, you may be able to book onto a shift at the same time as your friend or family member. But we have no capacity for official 'group' bookings.

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When do I need to be available?

The times of our volunteering shifts differ between the different roles and locations. Typically, most volunteering shifts last for a few hours and run during working hours in the mornings and afternoons. We also have some evening and weekend shifts available. Timings are subject to change but here is a rough idea of our operational schedule:

Green Scheme:

Monday-Friday, 1-3 hours from 8.30am-9pm (shift times vary)


East London Kitchen & Depot (Poplar):

Monday-Friday, 4-6 hours from 7.30am-8pm
Saturday, 4-6 hours from 8am-4pm

(shift times vary depending on the role)

North London Depot (Enfield):

Monday-Friday, 4-6 hours from 8am-7pm
Saturday, 4-6 hours from 8.45am-4.30pm

(shift times vary depending on the role)

South London Depot (Deptford):

Monday-Friday, 4-6 hours from 8am-5pm
Saturday, 4-6 hours from 8am-4pm

(shift times vary depending on the role)

West London Depot (Park Royal):

Monday-Friday, 4-6 hours from 7am-7pm
Saturday, 4-6 hours from 8am-4pm

(shift times vary depending on the role)

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How regularly do I need to volunteer?

That is entirely up to you. We do not request a minimum or maximum commitment from our volunteers.

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Do I have to book shifts on the same day & time?

Volunteering with Felix is very flexible - once you've completed your first shift, you will be able to book any available sessions that suit you.

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How do I book a volunteering shift?

To book a volunteering shift, you must complete your volunteer intro session and training. Start by choosing your preferred location to volunteer from and then book an info session to learn more about available roles.

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Where can I volunteer?

The Felix Project has operations throughout London, in Park Royal, Enfield, Deptford, Poplar, and Central London. To become a volunteer, pick your preferred location to attend an info session for more details.