FoodCycle’s 5th Anniversary
May 10th 2014 marks the five-year anniversary of the very first FoodCycle meal – cooked using reclaimed surplus from local retailers and served to service users at a local homelessness charity in London. Since then we’ve served over 90,000 meals across 18 volunteer-powered community projects, and we have reclaimed over 100,000kg of surplus food and began working with a number of major supermarkets.
We’ve learned a lot since that first cooking session, but one thing has always stayed the same – what we do and how we do it. We see fantastic results every time a group of committed volunteers and an eclectic mix of ingredients come together in the kitchen to create a meal for the community. What we get are delicious meals, full bellies, and smiling faces at each and every FoodCycle cooking session.
With rising food prices and the spiralling cost of living, we are seeing an increase in demand for our work in communities all across the UK. From inner-city areas to isolated rural communities, we receive calls every week from people asking us to set up a FoodCycle Hub to tackle food poverty and social isolation in their community.
You can make a difference today:
“It means a lot. Having a meal here means more food for the children at home” Jane, beneficiary at the FoodCycle Hub in Clacton-on-Sea
We have plans in place to launch 8 new Hubs – serving healthy meals in a warm and welcoming setting to people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. With the help of our supporters like you, we can reach this target and launch our new Hubs in 8 of the most deprived communities in the UK. Please give generously – your support is hugely appreciated by us, our guests, and our volunteers up and down the country.
“I come here because I was on the streets for about a month and a half, sleeping on park benches. The only way I can describe homelessness is humiliating. I found myself on the streets. You feel worthless – the lowest of the low. Out of 10, I’d give FoodCycle 11! A lot of people leave here with happy faces and full tummies. It’s really beneficial for people like me. The volunteers are basically guardian angels”. Chris, beneficiary at the FoodCycle Hub in Manchester