Here is a short outline of what we do and the different ways that you can get involved!
Every Sunday now for two years we have been serving delicious cooked meals down at Easton Community Centre. There’s a place at the table for anyone that wants a free hearty meal, a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and some friendly company on a Sunday afternoon.
The three courses of nutritious goodness and bread to take home at the end of the day is all prepared using produce that we collect from supermarkets and local grocers. We have worked up great relationships with these retailers in the community and they trust us to put their surplus food to good use. Anything that they won’t be able to sell commercially that is still perfectly edible good food, instead of being put to waste, is given to us. We use bicycles with trailers to transport everything from A to B, so we can truly say we try keep our carbon footprint as small as possible!
Our network of volunteers is made up of people from all different backgrounds and we encourage anybody who is keen to get involved. This includes a large group of local young people and students from Bristol University and the University of Western England. The last year and a half has seen a FoodCycle Student Restaurant pop up every two weeks at the Student Union in Clifton.
Here we do the same thing as down in Easton, save food from the bin and cook it up into a healthy three course meal, except this time the students pay £3. This means that the whole project is actually self-sustaining and we can keep the community kitchen going without applying for grants or relying on donations.
The Student Restaurant has grown to fulfill its own purpose, developing into a platform for ethical and environmental student societies. Each restaurant is hosted by a different organisation who puts together activities and entertainment to provide information and drum up inspiration for people to get involved in what they do. As well as raising essential funds to keep the whole project moving, the Student Restaurant sets out to make the issue of food waste and other good causes interesting, fun and engaging, to get students involved in positive actions and more ethical day to day choices.
From cycling food across town on our FoodCycle bikes and trailers to getting stuck into chopping vegetables in the buzzing community kitchen with a team of like-minded people, or even just coming along to enjoy a delicious meal in Easton or Clifton, this is a project that we can all be part of in one way or another. We want to get more and more volunteers involved to help extend the reach of what we do, feed more hungry bellies and eliminate food waste forever!!
Put your name down on our mailing list and we’ll keep you updated on all the exciting things we’re doing, and you’ll receive our weekly sign-up sheets to get involved and help out too. Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!