Vending machines for charity return to the UK

Vending machines that offer the public the chance to donate to charities are returning to London as part of a global Christian initiative.

Joe Lepper | 3rd Dec 19

Vending machines with a charitable twist are returning to London for the second year running, offering the public the chance to donate to good causes rather than buying chocolate bars.

The machines are at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Hyde Park Chapel, London as part of a global Light the World initiative across 10 cities worldwide.

It is launching today (3 December)  to mark #GivingTuesday and will be available throughout December.

Church spokesman Malcolm Adcock said: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very pleased to be able to link with charity partners for the London launch of #LightTheWorld.  These special machines are innovative – it’s a new way of giving during this Christmas season.”

Good causes

All donations go directly to good causes, which include support for the homeless via GlassDoor Homeless, job training for a veteran at the Royal British Legion and nappies for Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.

Other good causes those using the machine can donate to include a mosquito net for the International Medical Corps and swimming lessons for a child through Solidarity Sports.

The administrative cost of the vending machines are being covered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The vending machine initiative last year raised £1.8m in 38 days, across five cities.