Under ‘normal’ circumstances, FoodCycle volunteers take surplus food and turn it into nutritious community meals, with the aim of reducing food waste, food poverty and tackling social isolation. The meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who cannot afford to buy food.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and government guidelines on social distancing, FoodCycle quickly adapted to delivering food parcels and has now moved to providing their Cook and Collect takeaway service. To help combat social isolation, they also launched their Check-in and Chat service, where volunteers call guests for a weekly natter.
They will return to their community meals as soon as it is safe to do so.
FoodCycle’s core aims are to:
• Connect communities- help strengthen and build resilient communities by bringing people together to share healthy, delicious meals.
• Support mental health and wellbeing-enhance the health and mental wellbeing of all by creating welcoming spaces for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to have conversations together.
• Nourish the hungry- improve nutrition and reduce hunger by cooking healthy meals for those in need, leading to improved food knowledge and changes in behaviour.
• Promote sustainability- change attitudes to food and society’s impact on the environment by cooking with surplus ingredients.
• Inspire change- share the virtues of our community dining model and the voices of our guests to gain greater support and speed our expansion, enabling us to help more people and more communities.