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…
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
- 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
Can you help us achieve more next year?
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.
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.
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!