The London-based charity provides food that would have otherwise been disposed of to homeless and vulnerable people, and the two vehicles, provided by dealer groups Now, Tony Le Voi and GO Vauxhall, will help prevent thousands of Londoners from going hungry each day and stop surplus food from being thrown away.
City Harvest will use the refrigerated vans to collect food from across the food industry and deliver to organisations such as homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
Currently City Harvest delivers six tonnes of food to more than 100 charities. Supporters of the charity include Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Charlie Bigham’s, Nandos and Whole Foods.
The two Luton-built Vivaro 1.6-litre CDTi L2H1 panel vans, with temperature-controlled conversions by Cold Consortium, were handed over on Friday at the Vineyard community centre in Richmond, one of the locations to benefit from the service.
The vans were liveried free of charge by Kent-based vehicle signwriting specialists Motormode.
Laura Winningham, CEO of City Harvest, said: “These Vauxhall vans will enable City Harvest to deliver thousands of nutritious meals each week to people in need and rescue tonnes of perfectly good food from being wasted. We look forward to this partnership and working together in the community to make a daily impact.”