Every day across the UK, perfectly edible food is being thrown away when it could be going to people who need it. At FoodCycle, we're doing something about this.
Our volunteers reclaim surplus food from local supermarkets and cook it into tasty, nutritious meals. These are served to the local community; bringing people together to enjoy a healthy three-course meal. We run 14 projects across the UK, serving food to people affected by food poverty and social isolation.
It is estimated that over 4 million people are affected by 'food poverty' in the UK yet at least 400,000 tons of usable surplus food is thrown away by supermarkets each year. Food poverty can affect many different people including older people, low-income families, the unemployed, the homeless, those affected by mental ill health, and many others.
Meanwhile, there are over 1.2 million young unemployed in the UK who could benefit from rewarding volunteering opportunities in their community.
Our Hubs serve up tasty three-course meals (made from reclaimed surplus!) to those that might otherwise struggle to get access to nutritious food. We bring people from all walks of life together at the dining table to enjoy a good hearty meal and the chance to mix with others in a friendly environment.
Our amazing volunteers also have the opportunity to develop important skills whilst making a positive difference in their community.
By reclaiming surplus food for use, we hope to change wider attitudes towards food waste and divert more and more surplus food towards people who need it. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of a nutritious communal meal in their community - for healthier bodies and happier communities.
Please help us to reclaim more food, create more tasty meals, and serve them up to more and more people.