We’re FoodCycle – a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. We run over 20 projects across the UK, united by the simple idea that food waste and food poverty should not coexist.
Since we started cooking in May 2009, our incredible volunteers have served over 125,000 meals made using over 146,000kg of surplus food – the equivalent saving of 657,000kg CO2 emissions
So why would we spend our time cooking hot food and giving it away to people?
There are a few reasons. We’re all volunteers, and we all like to cook. We don’t like to see food wasted, and we know that supermarkets and shops have to throw away lots of edible food every day. We know there are people going hungry because they don’t have the money, time, or equipment to cook a proper meal for themselves.
So we thought – let’s get in the middle of that, take the edible food and cook for the community. Our costs are very low, our staff are all volunteers and we like seeing people enjoy our food. So if you’d like to come along on a Wednesday and eat with us, please do, it would be lovely to see you and there will always be pudding.
We’re always looking for new volunteers and we welcome everyone to our grub club – no matter what your level of kitchen expertise! To volunteer, click here to register as a volunteer. Once you’ve done this, you’ll just need to take our short food safety quiz and then you’ll be able to sign up and get stuck in!
We are in need of a driver to help us collect our surplus food, if you have a car and would like to help out for an hour or two a week please get in touch!
We are also looking for session leaders to help run things on a Wednesday evening, if you’re interested in either opportunity please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you fancy a lovely three-course meal and to meet people in your local community then come along to St Mary’s for dinner on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm – everybody is welcome.
Many different people can be at risk from food poverty and social isolation. Our Hub provides a delicious and healthy meal in a friendly and safe environment. If you could help us to provide a meal for someone today, please donate just £3.