The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK, whose primary interests are in the UK’s cultural life, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.
This national charity awards lottery money to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
"It’s always exciting when new charities make their mark creating something that will benefit the local community."
Head of London Region,
The Big Lottery Fund
UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better.
"Kelvin, the founder of FoodCycle has shown that through passion, motivation and embracing his entrepreneurial spirit, he was able to establish a social venture which makes positive social change in his local community."
Vinspired connects 16 - 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in England.
"FoodCycle projects are having a huge impact on their local communities, tackling the important issues of food poverty and food waste. We hope that there will soon be a FoodCycle project led by young volunteers in every city"
Project Support Officer,
The Arthur Guinness Fund Award is part a global fund from Guinness & Co to support programmes and projects around the world that enable and empower people with the skills and opportunities to deliver a measurable benefit to their community.
"We are really [...] pleased to be supporting an entrepreneur whose project clearly aims to makes a positive difference to local communities."
The Funding Network (TFN) brings together interested people with catalyst charities at special events to create social change. They’ve been described as a marketplace for donors and charities, as the UK’s 1st public, open giving circle, and as the "Dragon's Den" for charities!
"We were very pleased to have Kelvin pitch FoodCycle to our members in March 2010 and thrilled at the response. An effective organisation with a great team behind it."
The Funding Network
We are grateful to have the support of one of the longest standing supermarkets in the UK.
"Sainsbury’s are proud to support FoodCycle and their innovative approach which combines young volunteers and free kitchen space to feed vulnerable people in society and we are committed to supporting them into the future."
Community Affairs Manager,
Organico offer the widest range of organic Mediterranean specialities on the market. They work with smaller producers, family businesses and co-operatives. What interests them in particular is working on a "human-scale" with real people who show a great passion and pride for the foods they produce.
"We at Organico agree and endorse a vision where access to good nutritious food is a basic human right for every one. We condemn the food poverty and food waste which are part and parcel of the current system of food distribution. [...] We wish Food Cycle wings to progress and prosper..."
London Farmers’ Market help famers to sell their products to the public whilst providing quality local/seasonal foods to urban communities. They also supply lovely, breads and patisseries, which are often the first things to go at meals!
"Food Cycle does an amazing job collecting unsold vegetables from our markets at the end of the day. Their volunteers then create fresh healthy meals for people affected by food poverty."
London Farmers' Market
The UK's largest fully certified organic supermarket, Planet Organic is a celebration of nature, overflowing with mouth-watering, inspiring and ecologically great ideas.
Mr Organic believe in producing simple, honest, great quality, authentic Italian organic food that is affordable. Something for all the family to enjoy on a daily basis. They believe that access to tasty, healthy and nutritious food that is sustainably sourced and grown should not be a privilege of the few but become the norm for everyone.
Abel & Cole has been delivering fresh, organic fruit and vegetable to households for over 20 years.
Whole Foods seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.
"[...]We are the largest distributor of Cheese and Specialty Food in the UK and although we try our very best to manage our food waste we inevitably end up throwing away delicious cheese each day. We hate waste! FoodCycle is exactly what we have been looking for and we look forward to helping support the FoodCycle movement in the future."
MyBnk are an education charity working with young people to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their money effectively and make enterprising choices throughout their lives.
"FoodCycle represents a triple-win model to address food poverty, food waste and youth development. It is young, fresh and will be the greatest food related youth movement UK wide in the years to come."
Camden Council has been an early support of us as being the home of our first kitchen Hub
"Camden is fully supportive of the work that FoodCycle does in the borough to not only reduce food waste but also provide vital, healthy and wholesome meals for those members of the community who most need their support."
Sustain is an alliance that represents around 100 organisations that advocates for food and agriculture policies and practices that enhances the health and welfare of people and animals improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.
"FoodCycle is a great project that shows what is possible with energy, imagination and, above all, endless optimism!"
Jeannette Longfield MBE,