FoodCycle’s 5th anniversary: thank you!
Throughout this month we’ve been marking 5 years of FoodCycle – and asking for your support to help us reach more vulnerable people in communities up and down the UK.
5 years ago FoodCycle was simply an idea – that people could come together to turn surplus food that would otherwise be wasted into a healthy meal for the community. It started as an experiment but soon turned into a movement. We now have 18 projects run by over 1,200 volunteers; we’ve served nearly 100,000 meals; and we’ve reclaimed over 110,000kg of surplus food from supermarkets and retailers that would otherwise have gone to waste. This year we will launch 8 new projects: serving nutritious three-course meals in a warm and welcoming space for people who are struggling to get by.
Thank you for your support this month. We raised over £2,000 from your donations (ranging from £2 to £200!), received a £6,000 donation from SC Johnson via blogger Liz Jarvis, and companies like Yumbles and the Little Pancake Company have been kindly donating for every sale throughout the month (total amounts raised pending!).
In addition to this, we reached over 270,000 twitter users through your Thunderclap, got published in The Guardian, and have had heaps of enquiries from potential new volunteers and people interested in setting up a FoodCycle project under our Franchise Model. We also hosted a community event at our Pie in the Sky Community Café, serving up a veggie BBQ for over 140 locals and putting on games and activities for families in Bromley by Bow.
This month we have had a whole host of fantastic people kindly agree to write guest blogposts for us. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve got for you:
- “When I started, I wasn’t much of a leader, or a campaigner, or even a cook!” - Merlyn, Hub Leader at FoodCycle Manchester since 2010
- “FoodCycle is here for everybody that needs it. If we didn’t have each other here there would be no-one to offload your problems to.” - from Linda, guest at FoodCycle Clacton
- “We must hate waste with a passion” - by Alfred Prasad, Executive Chef at Tamarind and FoodCycle supporter
- “We need to continue to put pressure on the food industry to do better” - by Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East and FoodCycle Patron
- “A proud partner of FoodCycle from the very beginning” - by Sainsbury’s, FoodCycle’s biggest surplus food donor
- “Everyone leaves feeling valued and happy!“ - by FoodCycle Portsmouth, the newest member of the FoodCycle family
- “We’re thrilled to be supporting FoodCycle and hope this is the start of a long-running relationship” – by Simos Kitiris, founder of Yumbles
- “A really exciting stage for FoodCycle” - read about where we’re heading, by Mary McGrath, FoodCycle CEO
- “It began as an experiment…” - by Kelvin Cheung, FoodCycle Founder and Ambassador (or in his own words – ‘FoodCycle’s first volunteer, and number one fan’).
We believe that food waste and food poverty shouldn’t co-exist in the same communities. So we’re doing something about it. Come and join our movement!