FoodCycle is a UK 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.
They have two programmes that combine surplus food and the energy of our amazing volunteers to create delicious and healthy three-course meals for people in the community. The people they work with and support come from many different walks of life.
They have created 19 FoodCycle Hubs across the UK: volunteer-powered community projects serving nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. Hubs are local projects where volunteers are trained up, supported and empowered to collect surplus food and cook it in spare kitchen spaces.
Working with community partners they then provide healthy, communal meals in a warm and welcoming environment to vulnerable groups. Groups including; older people, mental health service users, homeless people, low-income families, asylum seekers and refugees, and the long-term unemployed. Using an innovative triple donation model of time, food and venue, they keep direct costs low and a model that is easy to replicate in new communities.
Find out about your local hub and how you can help here »
They also run our Pie in the Sky Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow where they promote healthy eating in the community, support volunteers to gain the skills and confidence needed to gain employment.
Find out more about our Community Café here »
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