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FoodCycle's Belated March 2013 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 @ 3:23pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
March 2013

In the excitement of the long Easter weekend we’re afraid this newsletter comes a tad late – sorry folks. On the plus side it’s now gloriously sunny outside (well, it is here...!), and we’ve lots of exciting things to update you on from what was a busy busy March. Read on!

FoodCycle hits the big time!

We’ve hit the screen and the airwaves this month! Our Hub Programme and Community Cafe were both showcased on the BBC in March as part of Comic Relief.

First up we had a visit from Sara Cox and BBC Radio 1 who spoke with service users and volunteers at our Islington Hub, which works with the local MIND centre to provide healthy meals for people affected by mental health issues in Islington. You can listen to that clip HERE!

Next up we had a visit from star chef Tom Aikens and the BBC’s Great British Menu to our Pie in the Sky Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow, where we support volunteers to develop the skills and confidence needed to get jobs. Tom spoke with some of our wonderful volunteers who kindly helped him to build a prop for his dish and they picked up some super kitchen tips in the process! You can catch it on iPlayer HERE – we’re featured from around the 12-minute mark.


A Feaster Feast!


A big thanks to everyone who came along to our pop-up event with Love Food Hate Waste and Valentine Warner last Thursday! It was a roaring success with lots of money raised for FoodCycle. Thanks to Valentine Warner, who created our starter - a delicious beetroot with ravigote sauce - and to our very own catering team, who made the rest of our wonderful dishes including stuffed onions and a sublime dessert of poached pears. We’ll have some recipes up on our blog soon so keep an eye out and we've got photos up HERE.

We're expanding! Could you be involved...?

Earlier this year we received funding through Nesta's Innovation in Giving fund to support the expansion of our model to towns and cities across the UK. As part of this, we’ll be piloting growing new Hubs across the UK through a social franchising approach and we'd love to speak to organisations that would be interested in partnering with us. If you're interested in running a Hub and would like to discuss this further please contact our Head of Programmes, Kieran Daly by emailing kieran@foodcycle.org.uk.

FoodCycle Round-Up

In other news from our Hubs across the UK this month:

  • See our Bath Hub in action on ITV West, doing amazing things by turning surplus food into tasty meals!
  • Our LSE Hub have been featured in Malaysian newspaper, New Straits Times. Read about their work providing healthy meals for service users at the Holy Cross Centre Trust including homeless people, people affected by mental ill health and refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Well done to our Islington Hub for their amazing fundraiser ‘Dig In’, a pop-up restaurant using surplus ingredients, cooked into a majestic feast by Julie Friend!
  • Why do people volunteer with FoodCycle? Here’s why! – check out this awesome video made by one of our volunteers! 

Finally - fancy a vermouth-tasting workshop in aid of FoodCycle? Well the kind folks at Mele e Pere have an evening perfect for you! Check it out and please do come along.

That’s all for this (well, last…) month FoodCyclers – hope you had a great long weekend and let’s hope for the onset of spring someday soon!

FoodCycle February 2013 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 28th February 2013 @ 2:26pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
February 2013

Hope you're all keeping warm in these bitter winter months FoodCyclers! We’ll begin this month with a shiny new video about how FoodCycle works: just a minute and a half long but a super summary of what we do! Take a peek below or here and please share it around.

The video was made for us for free by the very kind and talented folks at Maverick Digital so a huge thank you to them for their support!

Feaster pop-up with Valentine Warner

We're very excited to have launched our March pop-up restaurant fundraiser with the fantastic Valentine Warner and Love Food Hate Waste. On March 28th we'll be creating a tasty feast using surplus ingredients, served at the stunning Museum of the Order of St John in London. Tickets are selling fast but there are still some left - get yours HERE and come and start the Easter weekend in style with lots of tasty dishes all in support of FoodCycle!

Spotlight on... FoodCycle Liverpool!

This month we shine the spotlight on our super Liverpool Hub, where volunteers cook at Asylum Link and the Kensington Methodist Church, serving healthy meals for asylum seekers and refugees, and for a women's group in the community. FoodCycle founder and CEO Kelvin popped along to see them earlier this month - you can read all about his visit HERE where they cooked up a 3-bean chilli and a delicious pear crumble!

Ken Hom in support of FoodCycle!

We're pretty chuffed this month that chef, author and broadcaster Ken Hom has come across our work and had these kind words to say: FoodCycle is the wave of the future as we look to cut food waste on every level and to help communities to help themselves. Turning surplus food into good meals is a very worthy effort by FoodCycle that we must all support!”. 

A huge thanks to Ken for his support - we're the wave of the future!


FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on at our 14 Hubs and our Community Cafe?

Well our Islington Hub are hosting a super fundraising event with BBC Masterchef winner Julie Friend on Monday 4th March, with a three-course vegetarian meal and engaging speakers on food waste. Tickets for that one are
HERE - come along!

Meanwhile our
Bath Hub
have been having a blast with a pancake party, FoodCycle LSE having been coming up with some amazing dishes including welsh rarebit and a root veg gratin, our Bristol Hub are on the lookout for new volunteers (get in touch if that could be you!), and lots more!

In case you missed it...

Some interesting articles you might've missed this month on food waste and food poverty:

That’s all for this month FoodCyclers – have a lovely March and hopefully Spring will arrive soon to warm us all up!

FoodCycle and Love Food Hate Waste present... Feaster with Valentine Warner!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Friday, 22nd February 2013 @ 12:43pm

You're invited to FoodCycle and Love Food Hate Waste's Feaster pop-up with Valentine Warner! 

Start the Easter weekend in style and make your platter matter! FoodCycle and Love Food Hate Waste are joining forces on Thursday March 28th to create a delicious banquet with the fantastic (and strongly anti-waste!) Valentine Warner.

From 7pm onwards we’re going to be turning surplus ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away into a stunning menu at the unique Museum of the Order of St John, right in the heart of London. In this grand hall you’ll get to sit down to wonderful dishes devised by the fantastic Valentine Warner and our FoodCycle catering team, with the full menu to be announced soon!

Tickets are on sale HERE for just £26, which includes an aperitif and our five-course vegetarian banquet. All proceeds from this event will go to FoodCycle, to help create more meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. In the run-up to the event Love Food Hate Waste will be releasing lots of super anti-waste tips, designed to help you reduce food waste and save yourself money so look out for these on #FabFeaster!

If you’ve any questions about the event, get in touch with us on 020 7377 8771 or email kim@foodcycle.org.uk. We're also looking for volunteers to help out - as waiting staff on the night, and in the kitchen on the 27th and 28th. If you'd be able to help please contact Kim on kim@foodcycle.org.uk.

Our menu will be created by the team behind FoodCycle’s Pie in the Sky Café in Bromley-by-Bow, which supports volunteers to develop the skills and confidence needed to gain employment. They also teach them how to cook – passing on that vital knowledge so they can create tasty meals for their family and friends. If you’d like to know more about the café (we also cater!) then get in touch with nicola@foodcycle.org.uk

Hope to see you there to enjoy lots of tasty food in support of FoodCycle! 

FoodCycle January 2013 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 31st January 2013 @ 4:11pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
January 2013

Happy New Year FoodCyclers! Hope you're all keeping warm in these snowy conditions. Unless you've been hibernating this month you'll have noticed that food waste has been all over the news, so that's where we begin:

30-50% of food produced globally isn’t reaching a human stomach

Earlier this month saw the release of a new food waste report that hit the headlines all over the world, revealing that 30-50% of food produced (up to 2 billion tonnes) never reaches a human stomach. I’m sure you’ll agree that figure is totally unacceptable, both globally and in the UK, where we’ve got over 4 million people affected by food poverty. And that’s why we do what we do!

But it was certainly good to see food waste get the exposure the issue deserves (it even trended on twitter!) and hopefully we can all start to make real changes and work together to reduce it. You can download the whole report here.

We’ve moved!

Yes you heard it right! After 3 years sharing a space with our dear friends MyBnk, we've flown the nest this month and landed ourselves a swanky new pad in Blackfriars FOR FREE! This is thanks to the wonderful organisation that is 3Space, who utilise empty commercial properties for the benefit of charities like us. What a fantastic concept – you can read all about our move HERE

Please note, our postal address will remain the old one (4 Huguenot Place, Heneage Street, London, E1 5LN) for now so no need to update your address book!

Leeds Hub on film! 
     

Big shout-out to our FoodCycle Hub in Leeds this month who have had a fantastic video made about them! It’s been made by the Leeds RAG Community Fund who kindly support the project. You can watch it HERE and find out more about their work cooking up surplus food into nutritious meals for asylum seekers and refugees accessing English-language classes run by STAR.


Foodie Fundraiser

Isn’t it wonderful when people host delicious foodie events in aid of FoodCycle? We’ve got a right treat for you folks in London coming up: a gyoza-making masterclass where you can learn to make those tasty Japanese dumplings, eat loads of them and drink sake, safe in the knowledge that your enjoyment is helping us at FoodCycle to serve more meals to people at risk from food poverty!


FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on at our 14 Hubs and our Community Cafe?

Well our cafe team catered for the TedX Whitechapel event, feeding 270 very happy people with tasty food all day long. Income from catering helps our cafe to train more volunteers so if you'd be interested in delicious food for a good cause, shoot an email to catering@foodcycle.org.uk and we'll see what we can do for you!

Meanwhile our Bath Hub have been putting their culinary skills to the test and coming up with some fantastic dishes for their service users, our Bloomsbury Hub are plotting a special Valentines dinner for their community, our Liverpool Hub are on the lookout for some transport help, and our Durham Hub pulled off some wonderful festive meals: well done everyone! Here's a potato that looks like a duck to say thank you (what better way!?).


That’s all for this month FoodCyclers – have a great February and hopefully Spring will arrive soon to warm us all up!

Merry Christmas from FoodCycle!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Wednesday, 19th December 2012 @ 12:26pm

Merry Christmas from all at FoodCycle!

Merry Christmas and thanks for all your fantastic support to FoodCycle throughout the year. We’ve now served a whopping 45,000 meals, made by our 1000 volunteers out of over 40,000 tonnes of surplus fruit and veg!

Christmas is a time where friends and family come together at the dining table in a warm and welcoming environment to enjoy lots of delicious foods. And that’s what our FoodCycle Hubs are doing each week, all year round: cooking up healthy three-course meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation.

But there’s still a lot more to be done and you can help. Please consider a donation to FoodCycle this Christmas – just £10 is enough to serve a tasty nutritious meal to 4 people at risk from food poverty, including older people, people affected by mental ill health, homeless people, and low-income families. Please give whatever you can by clicking HERE. Thank you.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

FoodCycle November 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Friday, 30th November 2012 @ 2:42pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
November 2012

Dark afternoons, icy-cold mornings, oh November you’re a cruel one. But all is not lost – CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Sorry if this is a bit soon for the grinches among you but this newsletter has a distinctly festive theme…enjoy! 

WE WON!

This month we were delighted to receive the DSC Social Change ‘Everyday Impact’ 2012 Award. The award is for the work of all our super volunteers who give so much time, passion and energy to their Hubs in the community.

This was the one we asked you to vote for last month and you responded amazingly so a huge FoodCycle thanks to YOU! You can see the award (right) is a fantastic, unique FoodCycle cartoon by Grizelda, cartoonist at Private Eye and the New Statesman among others. Big, big thanks to the DSC, to everyone who voted and of course to our super volunteers!

Alternative Christmas feast – selling fast!

Tickets for our Alternative Christmas pop-up are selling like hot cakes (which sell very quickly apparently) with Thursday 6th sold out and just 2 tickets left for Friday 7th!

But if you’re in London on Sunday 9th December you’ll be chuffed to know that there are spare tickets AND they’re a tad cheaper for the Sunday 2:30 late lunch. So why not come along, enjoy an incredible feast, and raise vital funds for FoodCycle at the same time? You can find out all the details HERE and shoot any questions to
steven@foodcycle.org.uk.

Pie in the Sky – Christmas from around the world!

Continuing with the festive theme our lovely Pie in the Sky Community Café is putting on a special ‘8 days of Christmas’ menu featuring festive dishes from around the world! Pop by from December 5th-14th and enjoy treats including Greek fassouladha and traditional Polish pierogies! For the full line-up take a read of our blogpost HERE.

Christmas Waste Recipe Competition

Did you know that the average UK Christmas food shop costs £169? Sounds like an awful lot to us so surely none of that should be wasted! Luckily Love Food Hate Waste have put together this advent calendar of top tips to cut waste and save money this year.

Got a festive waste-beating recipe of your own? Send it to us at recipes@foodcycle.org.uk with a photo and we’ll post our favourite on our blog!

Hubs Round-Up

So what have our FoodCycle Hubs been up to this November? Well, LSE have been busy organising an exciting Christmas Bake-off fundraiser which will take place on Friday 7th December on LSE campus. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off? Enter your baking creation and win some super prizes!

Meanwhile FoodCycle Cambridge are on the lookout for volunteers over the Christmas period – could you help? If so please get in touch at Cambridge@foodcycle.org.uk! All our other Hubs are cooking up some fantastic dishes from surplus like Islington’s aubergine gratin, Bath’s chocolate orange cake and Manchester’s vegan chilli – great work everyone!

 

That’s all for this month FoodCyclers – have a great December and don’t forget to send us your festive waste-beating recipes!

FoodCycle October 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Wednesday, 31st October 2012 @ 11:56am

FoodCycle Newsflash
October 2012


Happy Halloween folks! It’s been an exciting month at FoodCycle as we hosted our annual Conference for our amazing volunteers and launched our Alternative Christmas pop-up in London. As for Halloween, well, why not celebrate tonight with a spooky £2 Chipotle ‘boorito’ for FoodCycle?


FoodCycle 2012 Conference

We ended the month with a bang as nearly 100 of our volunteer leaders from projects across the UK came together at the 4th annual FoodCycle Conference last weekend. These are the people who really make the magic happen and it was inspiring to see their passion and commitment over a weekend of training, workshops, discussions, and knowledge sharing.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along over the weekend: all our super volunteers, our panel, and our fantastic speakers Johnny Chatterton from Change.org and Jodie Read from TOMS. Wanna be a part of it in 2013? Get stuck in!


Boorito
2012

Halloween plans? We’ve got a bit of a bargain for you folks. Just head to any Chipotle Mexican Grill in fancy dress (any theme you like!) after 4PM and get any burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or taco for just £2 and all the proceeds from this will go to FoodCycle to help us serve even more meals!

It’s been described as a ‘no-brainer’ in Time Out London this week and, we must say, we agree! A £2 delicious bargain boorito and a helping hand to FoodCycle at the same time – what more could you want!? We'll be in the Upper Street branch from 7PM - come say hi!

Vote for FoodCycle in the DSC Social Change Awards

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been nominated for the DSC Social Change Awards 2012 under the category ‘Everyday Impact: New Enterprise’. But now we need YOU! The winner is decided by public vote and it couldn’t be easier for you to vote - just click here, go to ‘Vote’, cast your vote for FoodCycle, and please spread the word!

Alternative Christmas

Fancy a Christmas dinner with a difference? Come along to our Alternative Christmas pop-up where Tom Hunt will be creating a delicious ‘Forgotten Feast of 7 Fishes’ (or tasty veggie alternative!) using all sorts of surplus and neglected ingredients. 

From Thursday 6th- Sunday 9th December you can enjoy this banquet and a guided descent into the Brunel Tunnels at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, London. Tickets selling fast so snap ‘em up while they last! You can read more, salivate over the menu, and get tickets HERE.


Happy Halloween FoodCyclers – hope to see some of you at Chipotle tonight for a tasty 'Boorito'!

An Alternative Christmas with FoodCycle and Forgotten Feast

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Monday, 22nd October 2012 @ 3:09pm

You're invited to our Alternative Christmas feast with Tom Hunt!

This December, FoodCycle are teaming up with Tom Hunt’s Forgotten Feast to create an Alternative Christmas banquet at the Brunel Museum on the banks of the Thames - and you're invited!

From December 6th-9th (Thursday-Saturday 19:00PM-23:00PM; Sunday 2:30PM-6:30PM) you can enjoy a ‘Forgotten Feast of 7 Fishes’ including carpaccio of scallop, and risotto nero or a vegetarian Italian feast including pumpkin and sage risotto with foraged salad, and garbanzo stew with borlotti and glut tomatoes. Not only this, before dining, you'll also be treated to an exclusive guided descent into the stunning underground Grand Entrance Hall of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, one of the great wonders of Victoria age.

The Feast of 7 Fishes is an Italian tradition eaten on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). Traditionally 7 or 13 dishes are served after the seven sacraments and thirteen apostles. The meal is best served family style in big serving platters to bring people together. Tom will be representing 7 forgotten fish, sourcing fish that are often neglected or not usually seen on British menus. Come and sample an unforgettable celebration of taste created using delicacies that would otherwise be forgotten!

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for £35 on EventBrite (here) and proceeds from the event will go to FoodCycle, to help serve more meals for people at risk from food poverty, and to the creation of more Forgotten Feast events. If you've got any questions please get in touch on steven@foodcycle.org.uk or 020 7377 8771.

Volunteer

We also need volunteers to help out as waiting staff each night. In return, you’ll be fed on the night and you can come and enjoy another night for just £20. Please email kim@foodcycle.org.uk if you'd be interested in helping out.

Ready for the menu now? Of course you are!


Forgotten Feast of 7 Fishes Menu

 
-An Italian inspired Christmas feast-

Due to the sheer volume of food surplus we are able to pick the highest quality ingredients. As we are sourcing surplus food the menu is subject to change.

Antipasti

Carpaccio of scallop frills and megrim sole

Baccala mantecato - salted dab pate with saffron

Salmon trim fish cakes with aioli verde

Primi

Risotto nero with cuttlefish

or

 Pumpkin and sage risotto with a foraged salad

Secondi 

Forgotten fish stew of gurnard, pouting and red signal crayfish with cheeky bacon

or

Garbanzo stew with borlotti and glut tomatoes 

Served with

Sorrel salsa, buttered chard, caramelized fennel, roast tomatoes

Cleo the sourdough

Dolce 

Clementine chocolate fondant with Salcombe dairy ice cream

Pretty tasty right? Get your earlybird tickets while they last HERE - and we look forward to seeing you there!

Steven and the FoodCycle Team

FoodCycle September 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 27th September 2012 @ 6:04pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
September 2012


Third Sector Excellence Awards TONIGHT!

Tonight is a big night for us – we’re nominated for the ‘Small Charity, Big Achiever’ award at the Third Sector Excellence Awards. Keep an eye on our twitter and Facebook feeds and keep your fingers crossed for FoodCycle! 



Closure of Station House Community Cafe


We’re sad to announce the closure of our Station House Community Café in Haringey, which has been serving the community for over 2 years. Thanks so much to MIND (our fantastic hosts), to all the customers, our food suppliers, and of course all of our amazing volunteers who have worked their socks off to make the cafe such a fantastic place.

Unfortunately, due to rising operational costs and a lack of funding, the last lunch at the café will be tomorrow. Come on down from midday onwards, enjoy a tasty surplus feast, and give the café the wonderful send-off it deserves. 

Spotlight on FoodCycle Leeds

All our amazing Hubs have been busy cooking up a storm this month - so let’s throw the spotlight on one of them! This month we feature the lovely bunch at our Hub in Leeds who serve tasty, nutritious meals each week to 50-60 asylum seekers and refugees accessing the English language service run by STAR (Student Action for Refugees). You can read all about their challenging day in the kitchen last week here


Pie in the Sky: Chutneys, Jams and Recruitment! 

Our Monday-Friday Pie in the Sky Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow has been making chutneys and jams this month to use up a glut of surplus fruit. Head on down and buy a plum jam or a pineapple chutney – all proceeds go straight back into the café to help us train more volunteers to develop their employability skills and confidence.

We’re also currently hiring for a Café Team Intern – you can learn new skills, make a difference at FoodCycle, and a darn good time is guaranteed! Click here to find out more.

FoodCycle Round Up

Coming up in late October, we’ve got our super exciting annual Conference for volunteers. Over 100 amazing Hub Leaders will converge on London for a weekend of training, support, inspiration, and to share their knowledge from their own unique projects. Looking forward to seeing all you lovely people there! We're currently choosing the colour of new t-shirts for volunteers and you folks get to decide - take a look and vote on the facebook photo!

Wanna learn more about global food waste? Check out this brand new TED talk from international food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart – well worth watching. Meanwhile, you can hopefully soon pick up some wonky carrots, blemished apples and knobbly spuds in a supermarket near you as so-called ‘ugly’ fruit and veg will be appearing in supermarkets this winter!

Finally, check out this photo we stumbled across (above right): a literal FoodCycle!
 

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle August 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 30th August 2012 @ 5:07pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
August 2012

A FoodCycle Feast

Our month began as charity partner of Feast, an exciting new food festival in London Bridge. We were there spreading the FoodCycle word, raising vital funds for our projects, and of course sampling all the wonderful foods! Big thanks to our kind prize donors and congrats to our lucky raffle winners who won a whopping £150 to spend at Hawksmoor, a meal for 2 at Tonkotsu Japanese restaurant and some snazzy FoodCycle aprons.

Thanks to all who bought a ticket and supported us – you’re helping to serve more and more healthy meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation this year.

Station House celebrates summer in style

Our Station House Community Café threw a sizzlin’ summer party this month with a super veggie BBQ and all sorts of other treats (like those real fruit ice lollies below!) for the community to enjoy.

We also had a visit from Radio 4’s The World at One who spoke to us and our visitors about the effect of rising food prices – you can listen to a short audioboo clip here or the entire show here.

Ben & Jerry's Competition Final


This month FoodCycle CEO Kelvin Cheung jetted off to Uganda for 10 days to take part in the final of Ben & Jerry’s ‘Join our Core’ sustainable business competition. We’re chuffed to have got all the way to the final but unfortunately didn’t win. We were pipped to the post by another fantastic food waste organisation, Rubies in the Rubble, who make jams and chutneys using surplus fruit and veg. Congrats to Jenny and all at Rubies in the Rubble!

The ultimate anti-waste recipe?

Check out our blog for what we think might be the best anti-waste recipe ever: banana skin curry! It’s a recipe devised by FoodCycle Bristol volunteer Shane Jordan who has kindly written it up for us here – amazing work Shane! Why not give it a go yourself and let us know how you get on?

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on at FoodCycle? Well we’ve got an exciting event with Mates for Good for single baking lovers in London next week so if you fancy getting creative with some cakes and helping FoodCycle at the same time then you can sign up here!

Our amazing volunteers have been busy cooking lots of delicious meals at the Hubs all month: FoodCycle Birmingham have started working with local homeless charity SIFA Fireside, Cambridge have had an influx of amazing new volunteers, Bloomsbury hosted a screening of Food Inc and lunch with Oxfam South East, and much more! You can also check out a blogpost about FoodCycle on Oxfam's blog here.

Finally, you can now find us on a shiny new Pinterest page – follow our boards for lots of foodie photos and beyond!

Have a great September and enjoy the Paralympic Games!




That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle July 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Tuesday, 31st July 2012 @ 6:08pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
July 2012

Summer at last (kind of...) and Olympic-fever has arrived! Anyone for the egg and spoon race...?

Here's what we've been up to at FoodCycle this month:

Food Waste Progress

Earlier this month we met with DEFRA and all the major supermarkets at a Food Waste Redistribution roundtable hosted by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. Talks were positive and hopefully it'll be the start of a new collaboration between supermarkets and charities to unlock more surplus food and enable charities like us and FareShare to get it to those that need it.

Of course there's always going to be some surplus, but we want to make sure that perfectly edible food is going to people first, rather than to landfill or anaerobic digestion. You can read more about that HERE.

Happy birthday Pie in the Sky!

July also saw the 1st birthday of our first ever 5-day-a-week community cafe: Pie in the Sky in Bromley-by-Bow. To celebrate we hosted a party for the community with help from lovely volunteers from AIMIA, who gallantly manned the BBQ and hosted games including a coconut shy and apple-bobbing for kids (and big kids...). 

Miraculously, the rains even held off for a few hours to let us hold a scavenger hunt and our very own mini-Olympics!

It was a brilliant way to celebrate the achievements of all our amazing volunteers and our fantastic cafe team. You can read a blogpost about it HERE and check out our photos HERE.

 
Support FoodCycle this summer

We're part of a new GlobalGiving campaign called Celebrate GB
 and we need your help! From August 1st-15th we need to raise £1000, enough to help us serve over 400 meals to people at risk from food poverty in the UK. Plus, we can get bonuses if we do really well - GlobalGiving will give £500 to the project with the highest total so any help from you amazing people would be hugely appreciated. You can help out HERE.

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on this July? Well our Station House Community Cafe coped without gas (so that's no oven or hobs!) in style last week by hosting an impromptu BBQ in the Haringey sunshine - quick-thinking there! Cakes were made in super-quick time by our other cafe in Bromley by Bow and whizzed across London in time to feed everyone.

We're also delighted to be in Vegetarian Living magazine this month - pick up a copy and open it to page 44 for a 4-page FoodCycle bonanza! You can see a sneak preview photo HERE.

Finally we'll leave you with this photo (left) - best idea ever or what!?

Have a great week and happy Olympics everyone!

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle June 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Friday, 29th June 2012 @ 5:11pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
June 2012

June is over already? How did that happen!? The whole month has been a bit of a blur - we've been in events-overdrive and all our Hubs and Cafes have been as busy as ever, turning surplus food into a tasty feast! Here's a run-down of what's been going on at FoodCycle this month:

An unforgettable Forgotten Feast with Tom Hunt

This month we hosted our biggest ever pop-up restaurant fundraiser: a 4-night Forgotten Feast with the fantastic Tom Hunt at the Fleet River Bakery in Holborn. Around 40 guests per night got to enjoy a sensational 10-dish menu, created (in the true spirit of FoodCycle!) using lots of surplus and unusual ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted.

The Feast was a roaring success with guests enjoying the wonderful celebration of taste created by Tom. We've had lots of lovely blogposts (like this and this), photos, and coverage in TimeOut! Plus - proceeds from the event will help us serve lots more meals this year and to help create more Forgotten Feast events in the future! Looking forward to the next one - we'll be sure to let you know about it!

A huge FoodCycle thank you to Tom, Eloise, and the chefs, all our amazing volunteers, the Fleet River Bakery, our generous food suppliers, the folks at A Good Week, and of course all of you who came along and made it such a special event!
 

A Michelin-star masterclass in cooking with surplus from our patron Giorgio Locatelli

In the very same week as Forgotten Feast we hosted a super-special Cook and Dine event with FoodCycle patron Giorgio Locatelli for 10 lucky guests to enjoy an Italian cookery masterclass from the man himself. At the stunning La Cucina Caldesi, Giorgio and his Locanda Locatelli team taught our guests how to make their own pasta (with a surplus mint and tomato pesto!), a delicious veg risotto, and lots more, accompanied by an Italian wine-tasting workshop from the fantastic Giuseppe Turi of Enoteca Turi.

You can read all about it on our blog HERE and take a look at our photos HERE. Big thanks to Giorgio, Ivan, and the Locanda Locatelli team, to Giuseppe Turi, to La Cucina Caldesi, and to all our lovely guests who we think enjoyed their amazing four-course creation!

If you'd like to come along to any future cooking classes or pop-ups please get in touch at steven@foodcycle.org.uk and we'll let you know whenever we have any similar events.

Real coffee has landed!!!

Oh yes you heard it right: our coffee machine at Pie in the Sky in Bromley by Bow is finally up and running! We've launched a brand new coffee menu and our cafe team have mastered all the barista tricks already - just look at that flower in the latte (right)!

The cafe is open Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-3:30PM with lunch served from 12-2 so come along and check it out one day soon.

Revenue made from the cafe goes back into supporting our cafe volunteers to develop the skills needed to gain employment so you get to enjoy a delicious coffee while making a difference at the same time!

We're celebrating the 1st birthday of our Community Cafe on 13th July 2PM-6PM with an afternoon of food and fun in the sunshine
 (we hope...) - come along!

Volunteers Wanted!

We've got an exciting new project in development in Brixton and we need YOU to help out! If you fancy being a project leader then email hubs@foodcycle.org.uk and we'll get in touch.

We also need a few volunteers at our cafe next weekend for a mega sandwich-making shift - if you could spare a few hours on the evening of Friday 6th or morning of Saturday 7th then please email nicola@foodcycle.org.uk.

We're hiring!

An exciting new job is coming up at FoodCycle! We're looking for a Head of Fundraising to join our Senior Management Team. Details are up on our website HERE - please spread the word! 

This month we also say a very fond farewell to Tory who has been involved with FoodCycle since we first started cooking 3 years ago. Tory has been a huge part of making FoodCycle what it is today and we all wish her the best of luck with everything in the future!

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on in June? Well our month began with a Jubilee party at the Islington Barn with Pip's Dish where we created an afternoon tea for Age UK Islington service users to enjoy (left). You can see more photos from the day HERE.

We also had a great night of chocolate-tasting and speed-dating earlier in June - with an amazing chocolate-tasting workshop from Baruzzo and some perfect matches made in speed-dating! Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun night!

In Hub news, big congrats to our Bloomsbury Hub who won UCLU Innovation Project of the Year for the second year running! Meanwhile, FoodCycle Bristol had an amazing final Student Restaurant of the year, and Islington have an awesome new video to showcase their work! You can stay in touch with all our Hubs on facebook and twitter.

Have a great weekend everyone!

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

Just a few tickets left for FoodCycle's Forgotten Feast!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 21st June 2012 @ 6:15pm

FoodCycle Newsflash: Snap up a last-minute Forgotten Feast ticket!

Forgotten Feast is finally upon us! From tonight (21st) till Sunday 24th, FoodCycle and Tom Hunt are serving up a sensational 10-dish menu, celebrating the wonders of amazing forgotten foods at the Fleet River Bakery in Holborn. And the good news is - it's not too late for you to come along!

We're offering Saturday night tickets at the special rate of £30 - or you can get a table of 6 for the super price of £150 and save yourselves another £30! There are just 2 tickets left for Friday night and a few for Sunday lunch so snap 'em up quick! Tickets are all for sale on the EventBrite page HERE. If you've any doubt left then take a look at the mouth-watering menu below:

-Canapes-

Beetroot hummus with misfit crudités

Courgette and feta fritters with labneh

Peperonata and flat bread

-Starter-

Organic leaves with mackerel escabeche and pickled carrots.

or

Organic leaves with green beans homemade ricotta and sourdough croutons

-The Feast-

Rolled pig’s head porchetta with radishes and rocket

Home salted pollock and sole roasted with mussels, butter, spinach and sorrel 

Roasted red peppers with vine tomatoes, capers and reduced balsamic

Mushrooms with oloroso and breadcrumbs

Roasted carrots with cumin and parsley

Grilled courgettes and radicchio with crispy garlic, sesame seeds, labneh and cumin

-Dessert-

Chocolate torte with caramelised beetroot and whisked ricotta

Our Forgotten Feast is a part of the fantastic A Good Week, so we'll be celebrating all the good in the world by feasting on a tasty surplus banquet. Tickets are for sale on the EventBrite page HERE and you can email steven@foodcycle.org.uk if you have any questions. Proceeds will go towards helping us serve more and more meals to people at risk from food poverty in the UK, and to creating more Forgotten Feast events in the future. 

YUM! See you all there June 21st-24th at the Fleet River Bakery!

A fine dining experience like no other with the amazing Giorgio Locatelli

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 14th June 2012 @ 7:45pm

FoodCycle Newsflash

You're invited to an exclusive 'Cook and Dine' with Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli!

We've got just a few tickets left for an incredibly special FoodCycle event next Tuesday June 19th in Marylebone...!

FoodCycle patron Giorgio Locatelli and the Locanda Locatelli
 team are offering 10 guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a cookery masterclass taught by the Michelin Star chef himself. A fine dining experience like no other, you will sit down with Giorgio to enjoy your delicious three-course creation and learn more about his life and cooking philosophy. While you dine you will also be taken on a tour of Italian wine with Giuseppe Turi, owner of Enoteca Turi, with wines matched to complement your meal.

Every penny of the proceeds from this event will go to help us at FoodCycle, we will use your donation to create more nutritious meals using surplus food for people at risk from food poverty in the UK - so your dining experience will give many others the opportunity to enjoy good food too. To find out more and purchase a ticket CLICK HERE - get 'em before they all go!  

5:30pm-10:30pm, Tuesday June 19th 2012

La Cucina Caldesi, 118 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QF

To purchase tickets or find out more please visit HERE or email steven@foodcycle.org.uk - there's just a few left so get in there quick!


You're invited to FoodCycle's Forgotten Feast!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Monday, 11th June 2012 @ 2:14pm

FoodCycle Newsflash: A Forgotten Feast with Tom Hunt and A Good Week!

It's nearly time! From 21st-24th June we're hosting a pop-up surplus extravaganza with Tom Hunt at the Fleet River Bakery in Holborn, home of our first ever cooking session three years ago. It'll be a Forgotten Feast of all those amazing but unloved ingredients that would otherwise be wasted - and you're invited!

Our Forgotten Feast is a part of the fantastic A Good Week, so we'll be celebrating all the good in the world by feasting on a tasty surplus banquet. You can join in! Special earlybird tickets are for sale on the EventBrite page HERE and you can email steven@foodcycle.org.uk if you have any questions. Proceeds will go towards helping us serve more and more meals to people at risk from food poverty in the UK, and to creating more Forgotten Feast events in the future. 

We're also looking for volunteers to help out - please email amy.b@foodcycle.org.uk if you can help. You'll get to taste the amazing menu (see below!) and you can also get yourself a half-price ticket if you'd like to come another night!


FoodCycle’s Forgotten Feast Menu

90% of our vegetables are kindly donated from companies due to a surplus, or simply just wonkiness in its appearance. Therefore our menu is subject to change.

Canapes

Beetroot hummus with mis-fit crudites

Gildas - skewers of chorizo, anchovy, courgette and tomato
Babaganush and flat bread

Starter
Foraged salad with sea urchin dressing and sourdough croutons
or
Foraged salad with broad beans and sourdough croutons

The Feast
Rolled pig’s head porchetta with wild horseradish and rocket
Salted pouting fillets with butter and sorrel
Caramelised beetroot with pak choi, sesame seeds, labneh and cumin
Wild and red rice with pistachio nuts, green beans, preserved lemon and coriander
Grilled aubergine, courgettes and radicchio with oregano and crispy garlic

Dessert
Chocolate torte with raspberries and mint granita


YUM! See you all there June 21st-24th at the Fleet River Bakery!

FoodCycle May 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 31st May 2012 @ 5:06pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
May 2012

Hey there FoodCyclers! The long Jubilee weekend is nearly upon us so what better time for an update on all things FoodCycle? Read on!

FoodCycle's presents...A Forgotten Feast

This month we've launched our summer pop-up: a Forgotten Feast with the fantastic Tom Hunt. From 21st-24th June you can enjoy an unforgettable celebration of taste at the Fleet River Bakery, home of FoodCycle's first ever cooking session. The feast will be created using all sorts of forgotten ingredients: from wild foods and wonky vegetables, to unsual cuts of meat and fish - and we can cater for veggies and meat-eaters alike.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale at £30 - get 'em while they last - CLICK HERE to order tickets and for a sneak peek at the menu!

Happy 3rd Birthday to us!


This month we celebrated our 3rd birthday since our first ever cooking session. And what better way to celebrate than by 
dressing up as fruits and vegetables!?

Since that first meal back in May 2009 we've served a whopping 37,000 meals, created using over 32,000kg of surplus food by our awesome volunteers who have given over 27,000 hours of their time. Not bad for just 3 years - but we want to do way more in the coming years! And you can help by volunteering, coming to our fundraising events, or by donating to FoodCycle.

A night of chocolate-tasting and speed-dating!

Chocolate-loving romantic? Well we've got just the evening for you! This June 7th we're teaming up with Chocolate Walks and Baruzzo's Fine Italian Chocolate for an indulgent chocolate-tasting workshop followed by speed-dating in central London. All proceeds will help us to serve more and more meals and, who knows, you might just meet that special someone!

If you'd like to come along please email us at hotdates@foodcycle.org.uk (yep we made that email address for the occasion...!). And you can find out more details HERE!

FoodCycle are Ben & Jerry's 'Join Our Core' Finalists!

We're into the final 15 of the Ben & Jerry's 'Join Our Core' sustainable business competiton - woohoo! This means we'll be off to Uganda for the final stage in August where we'll be in the running for a 10,000 prize (but what we really want is a FoodCycle ice-cream flavour...). 

It's been featured on the Guardian website and there's also a mini-voting competition running right now - so vote for us HERE and we could win 1000!

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on in May? Well we've formed a new partnership with a lovely food company called Flavrbox and they'll be donating a fantastic 15% of sales in June to us. If you've always wanted to buy one but never have, do it in June!

Sadly, lots of our amazing volunteers are moving on this summer - thank you all so much for all your brilliant work and best of luck with everything in the future! 

But on a happier note, we've got a terrific new bunch of King's Cross/LSE volunteers and our Birmingham Hub are now cooking up a storm in their lovely new kitchen space in Aston! 
Big mention as well to FoodCycle Bristol - they won a SETsquared award for Best Social Enterprise and had an article published in the Guardian SocEnt by awesome Hub Leader Amy Hale! 

Have a terrific long weekend everyone - we'll be cooking up a Jubilee party for Age UK in Islington on Tuesday so let's hope for some sunshine!

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle May 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 31st May 2012 @ 4:40pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
May 2012

Hey there FoodCyclers! The long Jubilee weekend is nearly upon us so what better time for an update on all things FoodCycle? Read on!

FoodCycle's presents...A Forgotten Feast

This month we've launched our summer pop-up: a Forgotten Feast with the fantastic Tom Hunt. From 21st-24th June you can enjoy an unforgettable celebration of taste at the Fleet home of FoodCycle's first ever cooking session. The feast will be created using all sorts of forgotten ingredients: from wild foods and wonky vegetables, to unsual cuts of meat and fish - and we can cater for veggies and meat-eaters alike.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale at £30 - get 'em while they last - CLICK HERE to order tickets and for a sneak peek at the menu!

Happy 3rd Birthday to us!


This month we celebrated our 3rd birthday since our first ever cooking session. And what better way to celebrate than by 
dressing up as fruits and vegetables!?

Since that first meal back in May 2009 we've served a whopping 37,000 meals, created using over 32,000kg of surplus food by our awesome volunteers who have given over 27,000 hours of their time. Not bad for just 3 years - but we want to do way more in the coming years! And you can help by volunteering, coming to our fundraising events, or by donating to FoodCycle.

A night of chocolate-tasting and speed-dating!

Chocolate-loving romantic? Well we've got just the evening for you! This June 7th we're teaming up with Chocolate Walks and Baruzzo's Fine Italian Chocolate for an indulgent chocolate-tasting workshop followed by speed-dating in central London. All proceeds will help us to serve more and more meals and, who knows, you might just meet that special someone!

If you'd like to come along please email us at hotdates@foodcycle.org.uk (yep we made that email address for the occasion...!). And you can find out more details HERE!

FoodCycle are Ben & Jerry's 'Join Our Core' Finalists!

We're into the final 15 of the Ben & Jerry's 'Join Our Core' sustainable business competiton - woohoo! This means we'll be off to Uganda for the final stage in August where we'll be in the running for a 10,000 prize (but what we really want is a FoodCycle ice-cream flavour...). 

It's been featured on the Guardian website and there's also a mini-voting competition running right now - so vote for us HERE and we could win 1000!

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on in May? Well we've formed a new partnership with a lovely food company called Flavrbox and they'll be donating a fantastic 15% of sales in June to us. If you've always wanted to buy one but never have, do it in June!

Sadly, lots of our amazing volunteers are moving on this summer - thank you all so much for all your brilliant work and best of luck with everything in the future! 

But on a happier note, we've got a terrific new bunch of King's Cross/LSE volunteers and our Birmingham Hub are now cooking up a storm in their lovely new kitchen space in Aston! 
Big mention as well to FoodCycle Bristol - they won a SETsquared award for Best Social Enterprise and had an article published in the Guardian SocEnt by awesome Hub Leader Amy Hale! 

Have a terrific long weekend everyone - we'll be cooking up a Jubilee party for Age UK in Islington on Tuesday so let's hope for some sunshine!

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle April 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Monday, 30th April 2012 @ 5:13pm

FoodCycle Newsflash
April 2012

Meet our new FoodCycle patron - the amazing Giorgio Locatelli!

We're delighted to welcome aboard the awesome Michelin-star chef Giorgio Locatelli as an official FoodCycle patron - hurrah! Giorgio and his Locanda Locatelli team cooked a pop-up surplus dinner as a fundraiser for us back in March and we're looking forward to doing lots more together in the future.

We've got 2 events coming up together this summer and you're invited! One's an exclusive 'Cook and Dine' where 10 lucky guests will enjoy a cookery masterclass like no other. You can find out more details and buy tickets by clicking HERE. There's also a pop-up dinner coming up for you in July - keep an eye on our facebook/twitter for updates!

A final push on GlobalGiving...we need your help FoodCyclers!

We've got 2 more days to hit £2000 on GlobalGiving and we need your help to get there! If we hit the target then we get to become permanent members of the site. That might not sound that exciting BUT it actually means way more people can find out about FoodCycle and support us in the future. Plus every penny helps us serve more and more meals this year! So get involved, spread the word and donate just a few pounds to help us reach that £2000 this week!

Pop-up surplus dinner with FoodCycle Islington and Julie Friend

Last night saw an amazing pop-up dinner by our FoodCycle Islington Hub who worked with Masterchef winner Julie Friend to create a surplus feast for their lovely guests.

You can check out a photo album from the dinner here - great work guys! They raised an awesome total of over £1200 - which goes a long way towards running the Hub where every Wednesday tasty three-course meals are served to the folks at MIND in Islington.

FoodCycle Round-Up

So what else has been going on in April? Well, FoodCycle Acton have started cooking at the Acton Hill Church - 40 people turned up to their first cooking session to enjoy a tasty three-course meal. It's also been all-go at our Pie in the Sky Community Cafe - they've got a shiny new coffee machine which they'll be using to train volunteers up as baristas! You can stay in touch with them here

If you're in Bristol on 12th May then come along to Feeding the 5000 for a free lunch made from surplus - FoodCycle Bristol will be there helping out alongside FareShare South West, the Soil Association, Love Food Hate Waste and lots more! 

Finally, a big thanks to the volunteers who came to the FoodCycle mid-year Conference this month - amazing to hear all your ideas and plans for the rest of 2012!

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

FoodCycle needs YOU!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 19th April 2012 @ 3:16pm

FoodCycle needs YOU!
April 2012

Hiya FoodCyclers - hope you're all avoiding the April showers!

35,000 meals and counting...but now we need YOU!

Since May 2009 our lovely volunteers have served over 35,000 meals, made out of over 29,000kg of reclaimed surplus food. How amazing is that!?

But now we need you to do your bit!
 We need to raise £2000 by 2nd May to help us serve more meals than ever this year. You can make a difference by giving just a few quid, by tweeting or posting it on facebook, and by telling your friends and family.

Everyone who donates this week is entered into a raffle to win £60s worth of yummy food at the Banana Tree restaurant and a FoodCycle apron (the must-have accessory of 2012!). So please take a look - the link is HERE - and do your bit to make a difference this week!

With your help, that 35,000 can be 350,000 someday soon!

Thanks FoodCyclers!

FoodCycle March 2012 Newsflash!

E-mail sent by Steven Hawkes, Thursday, 29th March 2012 @ 4:11pm

FoodCycle Newsflash!
March 2012

Hey FoodCyclers - hope you're all enjoying the sunny weather! Here's a bit about what we've been up to this month - including the launch of the Food Waste Bill in Parliament and a Michelin-star surplus feast...


Get behind the Food Waste Bill!

This month the Food Waste Bill was proposed in Parliament by our patron, Kerry McCarthy MP, and was passed to the second reading which will take place in April.

FoodCycle CEO Kelvin Cheung was invited to speak at the launch event - you can watch his short speech here!

The Bill would let lots more surplus food from supermarkets be donated to charities like FoodCycle - you can read all about it here and keep track of its progress here.



A surplus feast with the amazing Giorgio Locatelli

We kicked off the month with a bang as Michelin-star Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli cooked up a 6-course menu at our rewards dinner for FoodCycle Station House volunteers and PeopleFund.it donors.

His team even came in the daytime to help with our lunchtime service! The food was of course AMAZING - a six course Italian feast all made out of surplus ingredients we picked up from local supermarkets and food retailers. Here's a peek at the menu that was served up by Giorgio and the Locanda Locatelli Team of Ivan and Paolo, with lots of help from our FoodCycle volunteers and here's lots of photos from the night.

A huge thank you to Giorgio, Ivan, Paolo, all our FoodCycle volunteers, the awesome Enoteca Turi for their donated Italian wine, and of course all the lovely guests!
 

Help us out with just 2 clicks!

LOOK HOW CUTE THESE CARROTS ARE! Now we've got your attention, here's a little request for ya...

If you open this video and click 'like' or 'tweet' then we could be in the running to win some cash and help with our expansion/world domination from Virgin! The link's right HERE - please take just 2 seconds to help us out and spread the word!

You'll also be able to find it on our facebook and twitter pages.


Want Kelvin to get a FoodCycle tattoo?

Ok so that one (left) is a transfer BUT FoodCycle founder and CEO Kelvin Cheung will indeed get a FoodCycle tattoo on his arm if he gets sponsored enough! You can play your part here by donating - all proceeds go to FoodCycle.


 FoodCycle Round-Up

As you can see, Pip and the gang have been enjoying the sunshine (left)! But what have all our lovely FoodCycle projects been up to?

Well - Bristol have been super-busy! They hosted a big surplus meal for their 2nd birthday with chef Arthur Potts-Dawson, made a shiny video, have been teaching kids all about food waste and were also featured on ITV!

Meanwhile our Birmingham Hub got the support of Birmingham City FC as they hosted a fundraiser at the Birmingham v Middlesborough game earlier this month. And FoodCycle Norwich have made this awesome map of their weekly food pick-ups

In London, our Bloomsbury Hub had a successful trial at the Somers Town Community Centre, where they'll now be cooking, and FoodCycle Imperial are to be reborn as FoodCycle Acton as they found themselves a new kitchen at Acton Hill Church!

You can stay in touch and get involved with all our lovely Hubs and Cafes through facebook, twitter and our website!

Wanna work at FoodCycle? 

Well here's your chance! We're currently looking for a new Community Cafe Coordinator for our Station House Community Cafe, and a new Head of Programmes - take a look and pass it on to anyone who you think might be perfect for the job!

Donate by Text!

You can now support FoodCycle just by sending a text! By texting FOOD46 £5 (or whatever amount you prefer!) to 70070, you can make a real difference to people affected by food poverty across the UK. Send a text now, and turn surplus food into tasty nutritious meals.

TEXT FOOD46 £5 to 70070

That's all for now FoodCyclers! Until next time...

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