Food Waste Stories

guest blog from Foodcycle

Tuesday 21st April 2015

FoodCycle is a national charity that combines surplus food, volunteers and spare kitchen spaces to create 3,000 meals each month for people at risk of food poverty and/or social isolation.


Our key aim is to reduce food poverty, food waste and social isolation by reclaiming surplus food that would otherwise be wasted, and redirect it back into the community in the form of healthy, tasty, three-course communal meals.

We run over 19 local projects called 'Hubs' and have a Community Cafe in East London that serves affordable and delicious meals. In total, we reclaim over 4,000kg food every month because we simply don't believe that food waste and food poverty should coexist.

After a FoodCycle meal, 73% of guests report eating more fruit and veg, 85% have made new friends, and 87% feel more part of their community.


FoodCycle also has a positive impact on the lives of its volunteers.  Volunteering with projects like FoodCycle doesn’t just give someone the skills to get a job, it also gives them much needed self-confidence too. In 2012-13 68% of our café trainees moved on to employment, and 87% of our Hub Leaders said the skills gained through FoodCycle would help further their career.


With over 900,000 people in the UK using food banks and poor nutrition costing the NHS an estimated £13bn per year the work of charities like FoodCycle is more vital than ever.


If your business has surplus fresh ingredients and produce, or if you’d be interested in partnering with FoodCycle to help us deliver a Hub in your community, please get in touch:


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