Charities & Social Enterprises

The Empty Plate Cafe


The Empty Plate cafe is the first of its kind in Worthing and serves hot, healthy and nutritious meals, which are available to everybody in the local community. The “pay as you like” concept means that meals are available to everybody regardless of their financial situation, this means that we can actively help those who really need it.

Freshly prepared food made with local produce

1 in 4 of our staff are formerly homeless

100% of our profits go to charity

  • Social Bite is a cause driven business rather than profit driven.
  • No individual will ever get rich from Social Bite. After staff are paid and costs are covered every penny of profit is put towards tackling social problems here and abroad.
  • It has five shops based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with plans to expand to Dundee.
  • The dream is that one day there will be a chain of Social Bites donating millions of pounds to many charities, 25% of whom will have been homeless.

Recognising and celebrating the talent of people affected by homelessness in a unique, positive and inspiring way!

We are a unique initiative showcasing artwork created by people affected by homelessness or are socially vulnerable. We encourage you to experience the art yourself first-hand, by exploring the many small, hard-working & independent London cafes. More than 20 cafes have given up wall space to exhibit these paintings. With a latte in one hand, sit back, relax and enjoy.

  • Framed paintings and drawings by people affected by homelessness in London are hung in cafes.
  • They try to connect the buyer of a piece of art with the artist over a cup of coffee in the cafe where the art is hung.
  • Cafe Art began in London in 2012 with one local cafe and one art group run by a homelessness sector organisation. Michael Wong founded Cafe Art after seeing lots of amazing art being created every week and not enough wall space to display it.
  • There are more than twenty cafes participating in the programme.
  • It costs cafes nothing to participate – just wall space.

There are now over 2000 places that offer Suspended coffee. If you are one of them, please let me know. I would love to add your site to this page.

  • A suspended coffee is the advance purchase of a cup of coffee for someone who needs it, no matter why.
  • The idea originated in Naples, Italy, but went global following John Sweeney’s Facebook page in 2013. His message was simple – Buy a cup of coffee for a stranger, because an act of kindness can change a life. He is an inspirational person.
  • It doesn’t have to be a cup of coffee, it can be a cold drink, soup, a sandwich, or a full meal.

Details of catering establishments signed up to the suspended coffee movement can be found on the caring caterers page.

The Community Fridge Network aims to stop food being wasted. Community Fridges are run by local groups. In each area there will be three appliances – two industrial sized fridges and one industrial sized freezer. One of the fridges and the freezer takes perishable food that would have been wasted by local retailers and redistribute it to people struggling to pay bills through local community networks. The other fridge is an ‘honesty’ fridge open to all members from the community regardless of their personal circumstances.

To find a community fridge click here


They are a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste through education and the redistribution of quality surplus food. Likewise, to provide a framework for food rescue that can be replicated.

Since launching their campaign in March 2017 they have:

(i) Delivered 56,450 meals

(ii)Saved 22,580kg of food

They collect surplus food from all types of food businesses and producers (supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, manufacturers). They distribute food to charities in refrigerated vans (homeless shelters, women’s and men’s refuges, youth centres).

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where 30 million people live below the poverty line. In the last year they gave 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

To find your nearest foodbank click here


As a caterer or food supplier, you can donate surplus food to FareShare. This is a non-profit charity.
  • They take non-perishable, in-date food.
  • They distribute food to charities such as homeless shelters, drug misuse recovery centres, older people’s services and breakfast clubs, where it will be eaten by vulnerable people.
 Tesco’s Christmas advert showcases the work they do with FareShare and The Trussell Trust

Wasteknot is on a mission to tie the knot between surplus food and those who need it. They have connections within the food industry and the charity world, and are able to guide and advise the best ways of getting your surplus food to where it is needed most.

Plan Zheroes

Plan Zheroes is a social network where relationships are built between businesses with surplus food and those who can put it to good use. They seek to inspire food businesses to give their surplus food to those who need it, so it will never go to waste. Communication is quick and simple and food reaches those in need safely and conveniently.

Wrap is a charity that works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

They have developed a toolkit entitled ‘Your Business is Food’ to help caterers reduce food waste. Their video (above) shows how food businesses taking up ‘Your Business is Food’ are able to reduce food thrown away, increase profitability for their business, and help the environment.


Elysia is a social enterprise. They are committed to reducing food waste, giving access to more people high quality artisan local food and creating economic value to all their stakeholders (producers, employees, partners, clients) with a dynamic ethical ecosystem.

In 2017 they saved more than 4 tonnes of artisan British food. They did this by:

(i)  Handpicking the products from local producers that would otherwise be discarded due to supply and demand imbalances or failed aesthetic standards.

(ii) Buying these products at cut price that allows the artisans to cover all the costs plus a margin.

(iii) Their customers can then choose from a selection of delicious and natural products at a reasonable price.

(iv) Breakfasts and aperitifs are delivered to offices on foot or bicycle across London.


Crumbs is based in Bournemouth and provides professional catering services for business and it’s community, and has been a charity since 1997.

*Crumbs sprung from the need for those in long-stay care to have a pattern for their day: a skill at their fingertips and something to talk about. 
* They have expanded to include persons with learning disability, mental health problems, acquired brain injury and stabilised addiction problems.
* Crumbs offer specialist training provision for mixed-ability trainees. They offer pre-employment programmes of learning across sectors including catering and hospitality, administration, leisure and IT to improve skills, confidence, health and employability.
* They equip their trainees for employment after they move on from their time at Crumbs.

Action Hunger

The vending machine is stocked with essentials such as food, clean clothing, toothbrushes and other sanitary products.
The machine is stocked with excess produce donated by supermarkets, such as fresh fruit and sandwiches, as well as other essentials.
The vending machine will only be accessible to homeless people who have been given a key by the local authority.  They will then be able to access free food and clothing at any time of day.
The charity, Action Hunger, hopes to have the vending machines in every town or city.
For more information click here (

The Pop Up Soup Kitchen

The aim of this organisation is “to provide food, warmth and nourishment to the homeless and less fortunate of the Isle of Wight”.
As the homeless in the Isle of Wight tend to sleep in the woods and fields rather than shop doorways, they are less visible.  The Pop Up Soup Kitchen has vans that take hot soup and food parcels to the homeless. Local businesses, people and friends help with the provision of food – food that would have gone to landfill.
Trevor Blaney, the founder of the charity, has a dream to have a waste food restaurant with a chef. He wants to pull people together for the common good. 
For more information click (