"Having just retired, I have been looking for a good cause to become a volunteer with, and the Felix Project is a great one, as I have now seen first-hand. I wanted the charity to be local and one that would really help people. 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. I am very pleased to be involved with The Felix Project and am looking forward to seeing it grow in the months ahead."
"I am very happy to volunteer with the Felix Project for two main reasons. Firstly, I believe it is criminal the amount of food stuff that is scrapped when it could help very many needy people, and is exactly this waste that the Felix Project is aiming to put to good use. Secondly, 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."
"I spent a lovely day out with Anne out in the van, we delivered to 3 different charities, all of who do wonderful things to support their community. I met some wonderful people and went home that evening feeling inspired. I'm hoping to be able to help more over the summer when I'm off work."
"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 only work half a day a week and am involved in picking up surplus food from supermarkets and distributing it to projects in London. Mainly local charities who turn that food, that would have gone in the bin, into nutritious meals for homeless and disadvantaged persons. I love the work and the people are fun and I enjoy spending a morning or afternoon giving something back to the community. "
"The main reason why I have volunteered for The Felix Project is to give support to local charities that in-turn support those less fortunate in our local communities. Volunteering has also 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."
"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. Initially, I was disappointed to learn there were only shifts for those available in the day time, but I didn’t have to wait too long before the evening shifts started in January this year. A week after my induction I was behind the wheel of the big van, and even 5’2” me soon gained confidence. 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!"
"I began to volunteer for the Felix Project because I truly believe it is a necessary and worthwhile cause that tackles both food waste and food poverty simultaneously. It has been amazing to be able to go out and deliver fresh and quality food to charities who greatly appreciate and make good use of the food delivered weekly. It's great knowing that the contribution of surplus food made by big suppliers will at the end of the day turn into a hot meal for many in disadvantaged positions. It's a great cause and not to mention everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming at the Felix Project. "
Daniela Caicedo Ramirez
"After 38 years of the happiest career in Primary Education, retirement offered me a wonderful opportunity to change direction and to give something back. Choosing a volunteering project took time and required reflection. However, as soon as I read about The Felix Project in the Evening Standard, I had no hesitation in getting involved. Saving tons of perfectly good nutritious food from landfill and delivering it to the many charities who provide nourishing meals for hundreds of needy people in our city appealed to my desire to do something worthwhile.
I volunteer as a co-driver at least twice a week and feel so privileged and so happy to work with the best team of people from many different backgrounds, nationalities and professions. It is always a great pleasure to meet all the warm, cheerful and welcoming teams at the various charities which we visit.
This is a most fulfilling and heart-warming new chapter in my life.
Thank you FELIX PROJECT!
"I volunteer with The Felix Project because it is a win:win. I enjoy the people I volunteer with, I love everyones background stories, and I love the charities we work with, who love us. What isn’t to like?
I am a driver, the vans are a joy to drive and it’s fun. I also enjoy the warehouse stint, seeing it all come together. The charities all rely on us, and I know this personally as I work for one of the charities we deliver to. I cook the food on Tuesday that Felix deliver on a Monday. The job needs doing and I’m very happy to be a part of Felix."
"I started volunteering with The Felix Project as I wanted to help fight food waste and food poverty and to give something back to local communities. No-one should go to bed hungry and saving quality food from landfill while feeding vulnerable people is a no-brainer. At a time when it's easy to feel helpless with all the negative press, being part of positive social change has been energising and inspirational.
There is great camaraderie in the team and whether I'm out in the van (as a co-driver) or helping in the warehouse, I finish my shift with a smile on my face. "