Homelessness can mean many different things – from being in temporary accommodation to sleeping on the streets. Whatever a person’s actual circumstances, being homeless often means that they have difficulty affording or having access to regular, nutritious food.
At FoodCycle, our vision is to make food poverty, loneliness and waste a thing of the past for every community.
While we aren’t directly donating food to homeless shelters, we provide free food for anyone that needs it – including those who may be homeless.
With community dining, week in, week out we provide delicious meals and great conversation to any one that needs it. Everyone is welcome, from any walk of life, and all our meals are free.
If you want to donate food to charity, one of the best ways is to donate to your local food bank. You can usually find a box for charity food donations near the check-outs in your local supermarket, along with a list of what the food bank needs most that week.
Some homeless shelters also accept donations of food from the public. If you’re thinking about donating food to a homeless shelter the best thing is to contact them and ask them what they need. There are usually restrictions on what they can accept (usually due to food safety rules), but they might also need other things (like toiletries) rather than food.
To find your local homeless centres, you can use a website like homeless link, or contact your local council.
People often ask us if they can donate food to help us provide meals. Unfortunately, we can’t accept food charity donations from members of the public, as we are only able to accept surplus food from supermarkets and other food retailers.
If you want to help FoodCycle, there are different ways you can support us. There are a number of different volunteer roles – whether you love to cook, to meet people or to help with organisation, you’ll find a role for you. Check out our volunteer roles.
Or maybe fundraising is more your line. That’s great, we love to hear from people who are keen to raise money to help us feed hungry people – whether homeless or not. Have a look at some of our fundraising ideas.
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