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FoodCycle Norwich - a FoodCycle Hub - is a group of energetic volunteers who have come together under the FoodCycle mission to drive positive change in their community using food as catalysts. The whole community benefits from access to FREE and nutritious food in a welcoming environment.
FoodCycle is a non-profit organization that operates by setting up groups of volunteers to collect surplus produce locally and prepare nutritious meals in unused professional kitchen spaces that are served to those in need in the local community.
The aim of FoodCycle is to redirect the millions of tons of edible food thrown out very year by retailers so it can be used to cook nutritious meals for people in the local community that do not have access to healthy foods for a variety of reasons, such as lack of income or knowledge of healthy nutrition. Through its volunteering opportunities, FoodCycle works to empower young people and build communities.
The organization is headquartered in London, England and has operations throughout the United Kingdom.
FoodCycle’s mission is to combine volunteers, surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals and positive social change in the community.
The three main issues the organization tackles are
Food waste− An estimated 400,000 tonnes of surplus food can be reclaimed each year from the food retailer industry to be made into healthy and nutritous meals. Part of the inspiration to combat the problem of food waste in the United Kingdom.
Food poverty− There are 4 million people affected by food poverty in the UK. BAPEN estimates that malnutrition costs the National Health Service 13 billion pounds each and every year.
Volunteering− Over 2.4m people in the UK are currently searching for work, including almost 1m 16-25 yr olds. These people need opportunities to develop skills and affect their community positively.
There are 5 hubs where volunteers come together to cook meals in London
“At the most recent public meeting arranged to enable us to explain to residents progress that has been made towards resolving some of the areas of concern expressed at previous meetings I was able to report on the huge success of the FoodCycle initiative which provides a healthy meal every Friday evening between 4 and 10pm at the Friends Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane for those who rely on these occasions to enjoy good food as well as the opportunity to meet each other and benefit from the mutual support offered there.
A dedicated group of volunteers collects food from local shops that has passed its sell-by date but not its use-by one so is safe, nutritious and healthy and would otherwise be wasted and thrown away. My City Centre SNAP Partners’ Panel believes this is providing a really useful service to those who have, for whatever reason, fallen on hard times and need some support from the community while, at the same time, preventing good and nutritious food from going to waste. That has to be good for everyone”.
Julian F Foster 12th May 2011 Chairman - Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (City Centre) Tel: 01603 767066