Job Description

About Feeding the 5000

Feeding the 5000 is a global campaign founded by food waste author Tristram Stuart to raise awareness of the scale of food waste and its positive solutions. A micro-organisation that punches far above its weight, with dramatic campaign achievements both in the UK and abroad, Feeding the 5000 has now been commissioned by the United Nations Environment Program and the European Commission to internationalise its campaign. Feeding the 5000 combats food waste in ways that inspire the public, businesses and governments, combining this mass mobilisation with rigorous, hard-hitting research. F5K’s style has been to enact the positive solutions to global problems, and inspire systematic change at every level, demonstrating that a small group of people can transform a previously ignored issue into a global priority.

About Gleaning Network UK

Gleaning Network UK is an exciting new initiative to save the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms every year. We coordinate teams of volunteers, local farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage this fresh, nutritious food and direct it to those that need it most. Gleaning Network UK is in an exciting phase of expansion and we are now setting up new regional hubs in Kent,Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol. The hubs will work with the central office in London to organise gleaning days locally.

About the role

We are looking for five enthusiastic, highly organised and proactive individuals to join Feeding the 5000 team in order to drive the expansion of our exciting new project Gleaning Network UK into five new regions. You will be responsible for developing the Gleaning Network in your area, the logistics of organising gleaning days, and promoting the Gleaning Network through social and conventional media. You will help save numerous tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables from going to waste on farms which will then be redistributed to charities serving people in food poverty in the UK.

Key responsibilities:

1. Build and maintain relationships with growers, volunteers and charities in your region:

  • Research and develop networks of growers, networking, and following up leads. Recruit farmers to join the network and host gleaning days.
  • Recruit volunteers via existing networks and using social media
  • Liaise with charities such as FareShare and other redistribution charities in the regions, to find food recipients
  • Build a database of contacts, and keep track of communications and relationships
  • Liaise with the central gleaning coordinator in London to develop strong local networks

2. Manage regional gleaning hub:

  • Act as main contact for the region’s gleaning days and manage relationships with growers, volunteers and redistribution charities
  • Develop a calendar of gleaning opportunities based on seasonal horticultural patterns in the UK, and farmers’ anticipated food waste hotspots
  • Organise gleaning days in your region, including the logistics of coordinating volunteers and transport
  • Supervise volunteers on gleaning days
  • Be responsible for budget management of the gleaning days and keeping costs to a minimum
  • Gather feedback via questionnaires from farmers, recipient charities and volunteers for the project’s evaluation
  • Be responsible for health and safety, ensuring all the necessary health and safety procedures are followed during the gleaning days

3. Media, and promotion of the Gleaning Network:

  • Document gleaning days, through photos and video media
  • Act as point of contact for local and national media reporting on gleaning days
  • Promote gleaning events via social and conventional media
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Gleaning Network UK as required

Key Skills, Experience and Attributes:

  • Past experience of recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Experience of organizing events
  • A can-do, proactive and flexible attitude
  • Experience of building collaborative partnerships
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills/literacy (Word, Excel, email management, social media)
  • Proven ability to multitask and thrive in a fast paced environment
  • A commitment to the values and campaign aims of Feeding the 5000

Desirable skills, experience and attributes:

  • Driving license
  • Experience of working in the food and farming sector
  • First aid training
  • Experience of writing press releases and working with the media
  • Knowledge of environmental/food/climate change issues


Working hours are flexible but the role will require a commitment of between 1 and 2 days per week as a minimum (based on a 7.5 hour working day) in the initial stages of recruiting farmers to the network, increasing to 2days per week or more with flexibility in the lead up to gleaning days.Some weekend work may be required to attend gleaning days depending on farmers’ schedule. A commitment of at least 2-3 months is required.


The role will be based at home but it is essential that the gleaning coordinators are based in the area they are applying for.


This is a voluntary position and travel expenses will be covered for travelling to farms for gleaning days.


To apply for this role, please send your CV with a short cover letter (one page maximum) to the email linked to below explaining why you thinkyouare suitable for the role. Please include the location you are applying for in the email subject.

Deadline for applications is Monday 20th January, with Skype interviews being conducted on the same week.

Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to respond to all applicants individually so only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.