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Social Impact Report 2014


We are delighted to publish FoodCycle’s first ever Social Impact Report this week – the culmination of many months of monitoring and evaluation at our projects. You can download the full report here and see a summary of our findings below…

Since we started cooking back in May 2009 we have…

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Key findings, demographics and case studies from the report:


  • Reducing food poverty: 31,635 meals served this year; 73% of guests eat more fruit and veg after coming to a FoodCycle meal
  • Reducing social isolation: Over 1,000 community dining events; 85% of guests have made new friends since coming to FoodCycle and 87% feel more a part of the community
  • Tackling food waste: 46 tonnes of surplus food reclaimed for use this year, a CO2 saving of 207 tonnes.
  • Training volunteers: 26,340 hours given by volunteers this year, 39 trainees supported into employment through the cafe, and 87% of Hub Leaders believe the skills and confidence gained at FoodCycle will help their careers


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  • 72% of guests have skipped a meal in the week before coming to FoodCycle
  • 68% of guests are out of work
  • 62% of guests live alone and 19% do not have access to cooking facilities
  • 14% of guests are aged 65+, 25% are affected by mental health problems, 23% are affected by homelessness, 27% are experiencing problems with debt

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To download the full report please click here!

Can you help us achieve more next year?

1. Volunteer

All our projects are volunteer-led and we are supported by over 1,200 amazing volunteers across the country. Find out if there’s a FoodCycle Hub local to you here and simply sign up online to volunteer.

2. Donate

With your help, we can make sure that food waste and food poverty no longer co-exist in our communities. Just £10 is enough for us to buy the extra ingredients needed for a three-course meal for around 50 people who are struggling to get by – please donate today.

3. Fundraise

There are all sorts of ways to support FoodCycle through fundraising – from marathons and cycling events to foodie fundraising dinners and bake sales. We have plenty more ideas for you right here!

For press enquiries or to request a hard copy please contact Steven Hawkes on [email protected] or 020 7729 2775.

This report was designed by the brilliant Maverick and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

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