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FoodCycle works to tackle the issues of social isolation and hunger by serving tasty lunches and dinners every single day across the country. Our team of volunteers take surplus food and turn it into nutritious community meals, with the aim of reducing food waste, food poverty and tackling social isolation. During the pandemic, we adjusted our services, offering people takeaway meals and launched a be-friending phone call service, 'Check in and Chat' to help those who felt isolated. We are now proud to have returned to our community dining model, allowing our guests to sit and eat together, forming relationships and breaking down barriers. Due to its popularity during the lockdowns, we have continued to run our Check in and Chat service, supporting lonely people no matter who or where they are.

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Registered charity no. 1134423

Member since April 2021

About us

FoodCycle takes surplus food and turn it into nutritious community meals, with the aim of reducing food waste and food poverty whilst tackling social isolation. The volunteer-led meals are open to all, and guests include those from lower-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 during lockdown 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.

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.