FoodCycle builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and a spare kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty.
Our unique concept achieves four main aims:
· Tackles food poverty by providing nutritious meals to those in need.
· Reduce food waste by reclaiming it for cooking.
· Empower and train volunteers to create positive change in their local community.
· Build stronger communities through community dining events and reducing social isolation.
FoodCycle realizes these aims through a national network of 16 volunteer-powered community projects. FoodCycle is run by 10 employees and has a national network of over 600 volunteers.
Since we started cooking in May 2009 we have:
· Served over 35,000 meals.
· Reclaimed over 29,000 kg of food.
· Our volunteers have given over 25,000 hours of their time.
· Partnerships with over 50 charities nationwide – including Age Concern, MIND, FareShare, The Bromley By Bow Centre, Salvation Army, and Asylum Link.
We are currently planning for a much larger expansion of our services, as we have been getting about 20 calls a month from communities all across the UK on how to start one in their community!
Our vision is to build a national FoodCycle network that reaches every city and town in the UK. We want to be the Scouts or the Girl Guides– but with food!
Why should you vote for us?! In these times of food price increases, rising diet-related illnesses and community disengagement, FoodCycle is a model that is highly relevant for the future. It has minimal ecological footprint and is a self-sustaining community based model that tackles food waste, reduces food poverty and empowers local citizens to create a stronger community.
It’s a winner for all those involved!