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FoodCycle Day out at FarmShare

  • Saturday, 28th April 2012 at 9:30am - 1:30pm
    Location: Postwick

    We'll take part of the Farm Share monthly work-day! Farm-share is a community-owned farm…

FoodCycle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted by Don Timson, Thursday, 19th May 2011 @ 12:21pm

FoodCycle > Picnic for Volunteers > Sunday 12 June

  • Sunday, 12th June 2011 at 2pm - 6pm
    Location: Heigham Park, Recreation Road, NR2 3PA

    Picnic for Volunteers

    Sunday 12th June
    14:00 -…

    • 5 people attended

"bring and share" picnic in the park

  • Friday, 27th May 2011 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Chapelfields Gardens, Chapelfield, Norwich, Norfolk NR2

    Picnic !!

    Friday 27th May

    Friends Meeting House will not be able to…

    • 7 people attended

Huge Success of the FoodCycle Initiative

Posted by Don Timson, Thursday, 12th May 2011 @ 6:47pm

  • Norwich City Centre

    “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

Beneficiaries > YMCA Hostels

Posted by Don Timson, Saturday, 30th April 2011 @ 10:17pm

  •  YMCA residents are vulnerable young people
    (Unemployed and may be suffering the anxiety of homelessness)

    YMCA Hostels provide safe, supported accommodation including two cooked meals a day for single men and women between the ages of 16 and 25.  

    "Transforming communities so that all young people truly belong, contribute and thrive."

    FoodCycle Norwich offers young people work-based learning opportunities to develop skills and affect the local community positively.

    YMCA Hostels in Norwich:
    10 Winalls Yard, NR1 3GX (Bus station) | 48 St Giles Street, NR2 1LP | 2 Throckmorton Yard, NR3 1PJ

Volunteer Fair > The Forum > Friday 3rd June

  • Friday, 3rd June 2011 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1TF

    Norwich Volunteer Centre

    Voluntary Norfolk have invited…

Beneficiaries > Big Issue Vendors

Posted by Don Timson, Saturday, 30th April 2011 @ 6:32pm

  • 'Vendors' are vulnerable adults
    (May not have provisions for regular nutritious food)
    "Helping homeless people to help themselves."

    FoodCycle Norwich offers nourishing, tasty...
    FREE meals !! 
    A magazine, a social business and a charity.
    1 St. Faith’s Lane, Norwich, NR1 1NN

FoodCycle Norwich > Friday 17th June

  • Friday, 17th June 2011 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW

    FoodCycle combines volunteers, surplus food and a kitchen space to create…

    • 11 people attended


  • Friday, 29th April 2011 (all day)

    Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, which…

FoodCycle Norwich on BBC One Look East

Posted by Don Timson, Sunday, 17th April 2011 @ 9:41pm

  • A charity in Norwich is helping to reduce the amount of food that gets wasted

    FoodCycle collects unused food from stores, it's cooked and then it is served to homeless people and vulnerable adults.

    It's 3pm* and the food collection has started.   Rob is one of five volunteers biking across the city.  First he’s heading to Norwich market.  His next stop is “Wholesome” on Swan Lane, and then onto “Rainbow Wholefoods.” 

    Rob Cooke, Food Collection Coordinator, said: “Mainly independent stores who get it, got it from the start, who have been nothing but supportive.  
    That the food that we are getting is fruit and vegetables, dry goods.  
    We don't use meat for practical reasons.  
    It's all stuff that’s before it's use-by-date but after it's sell-by-date

    All the food is taken to the Friends Meeting House on Upper Goat Lane were a three course meal is put together.  The charity claim that the food retailer industry generates around 400,000 tonnes of surplus food that could be made into healthy meals.

    Molly Potter, Project Leader, said: "The main aims of FoodCycle, I think, is obviously to tackle food poverty, although we are only scratching the surface of that at the moment.  
    Also FoodCycle really highlights the issue of food waste which in the UK reaches monstrous proportions.  
    Nothing we do of course is to provide volunteer opportunities for young people

    Last year Donald found himself homeless.  As a volunteer he knows how important FoodCycle is.

    Donald Timson, Volunteer Manager, said: “It's a miracle to see them coming in on their own and mingling with everyone else and forming part of the community.”

    At the moment they are busy cooking but in a few hours there'll be a long queue and they'll be serving to around 100 people.  A free meal that many depend on.  

    By Dawn Gerber, BBC Look East, Norwich
    * Friday 15 Apr 2011

FoodCycle Norwich > 'Good Friday' Easter Event

  • Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW

    Hi all,
    thanks for coming to the launch event on Friday. It was a…

    • 2 people attended

FoodCycle Norwich Innovative Community Project

Posted by Don Timson, Saturday, 16th April 2011 @ 10:36pm

  • New Scheme Aims to Feed 5,000 in Norwich

    A innovative voluntary scheme which hopes to feed 5,000 vulnerable and homeless people in a year is set to launch in Norwich tonight*

    Launch of the Foodcycle project at the Friends Meeting House in Norwich by Peter Walsh

    Belle Wiley, Donald Timson, Molly Potter, Chris Simmons, Rob Cooke and Ruth Gordon (in trailer).  Photo by Adrian Judd

    FoodCycle Norwich, part of a national drive to tackle food poverty, has piloted a scheme which has been providing up to 100 people in Norwich a week with wholesome, healthy free food and caring company since January as part of a community cafe.

    Since the pilot was launched at the start of the year food shops in the city donate end of life, but not out of date, food to a team of volunteers at the end of the week.

    The assorted groceries are then collected and taken to a team of volunteer chefs who, like on the hit BBC show Ready, Steady Cook, have a short amount of time to prepare a meal from the contents to be served to between 80 and 100 vulnerable people.

    The project, which operates between 7pm and 9pm every Friday, has proved so successful it will be formally launched at the Friends Meeting House in the city’s Upper Goat Lane, at 7pm tonight.

    Donald Timson, 39, who looks after the scheme’s volunteers, said: “We’ve piloted it since January 4 and have done 13 or 14 sessions feeding between 80 and 100 people - we’ve fed at least 1,000 in three months.  We’re not looking at 'feeding the 5,000' overnight but in 12 months we will have fed 5,000.

    Don Timson is one of eight Project Leaders [Ruth Gordon, Molly Potter, Bertie Playle, Rob Cooke, Luciana Edwards, Chris Simmons, Leilai Immel] involved in the scheme which requires between 20 and 30 volunteers every week to collect the food, cook the food, welcome guests, serve food and drinks and clear up.  He said: “Volunteers go and pick up goods on bicycles. They cycle it to the Friends Meeting House to the kitchen volunteers. We have a head chef, who is experienced, and about five or six volunteers.  They don’t know what’s on the menu until it turns up so they have to be inventive with the food and they do really well - they work miracles. There’s another team of volunteers greeting and serving non-alcoholic drinks.”

    Mr Timson, who was formerly homeless himself, initially raised concern about the number of people who were on the streets at night at a meeting of the City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team in November last year.

    Since then the SNT has adopted the issue as one of its priorities and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) now provide a presence at events as well as help promote it to people on the streets.

    Julian Foster, chairman of the city centre’s Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) and of the Central Norwich Citizens’ Forum, said he “totally supported the initiative and would help in any way he, the SNAP team or his forum could.  The FoodCycle project had helped identify a gap in provision for vulnerable or homeless people that no-one had realised was there."

    The scheme is looking for volunteers, supporters, fundraisers and a bigger venue in Norwich city centre to operate from.

    * Friday, April 15, 2011, 6.30pm

FoodCycle Norwich - A Project Well Worth Backing

Posted by Don Timson, Saturday, 16th April 2011 @ 10:00pm

  • FoodCycle Project is Well Worth Backing

    It's something that most of us take for granted - that we'll have enough food to put on the dinner table at the end of the day.  But we are the luck ones.  There are people who live in this city who are not so fortunate and it really is a struggle for them to get enough to eat.  That was why a charity called FoodCycle Norwich was set up.

    It began in January as a pilot project, but in the past three months at least 1000 people have been helped by this scheme.  The food has come from shops in the city which donate food they no longer sell, but which is still edible and it's great to see that it does not go to waste.  A team of volunteer chefs turn the food into a meal which between 80 and 100 vulnerable people sit down to tuck into.

    The project gets a full scale launch tonight*, after the pilot project was so successful.  The organisers [
    Ruth Gordon, Molly Potter, Bertie Playle, Rob Cooke, Luciana Edwards, Chris Simmons, Leilai Immel and Donald Timson], who are all volunteers, deserve a lot of credit for their efforts, which have made a massive difference to so many people in Norwich.

    FoodCycle Norwich is always on the lookout for more volunteers, supporters and donations and hope to find a bigger city centre base.  It is a project well worth backing.

    * Friday, April 15, 2011

FoodCycle Norwich > Launch > Friday 15 April

  • Friday, 15th April 2011 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW

    • 7 people attended

FoodCycle Norwich... Going Well !!

Posted by Don Timson, Friday, 8th April 2011 @ 4:03pm

  • Homeless Figures Have Increased

    St Martins is striving to address the needs of the homeless

    Anna Hassan, 'BishopBridge' Hostel Manager, said "Homeless figures have increased, currently 5 sleeping rough on the streets and 3 in cars, although on 2-3 homeless within the city centre. All bar 1 are not beggars. Haven’t seen anyone begging. The soup kitchen has also been quiet."

    Westminster Council recently claimed: "Soup runs provide a magnet for homeless people and encourage crime, begging and antisocial behaviour."

    Sgt Peter Sharples, Norwich City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said ‎"FoodCycle appears to be going well, 80-100 attendees every Friday night. PCSO’s are patrolling in the immediate area 15 minutes before the start and end but not seeing any issues.  This needs to be co-ordinated.  Revisiting after 3 years, its about promoting the good work of the charities, encourage members of public to donate to the charities as the money is then going to good use... to fund xyz... this needs to be a long term plan. Not necessarily aimed at general members of public during the day time but more at night time economy."

    Julian Foster, Chair of SNAP & CNCF, said: "This is an example of the community solving a community problem. This is what SNAP is for."

    Thursday, 31 March, 2011

NEW Volunteer Rota

Posted by Don Timson, Monday, 4th April 2011 @ 3:48pm

  • Dear Norwich FoodCyclers,

    Re: NEW Volunteer Rota

    Apologies if you have already received this message via facebook.

    Would you like to be a volunteer this week ?

    * Anyone can sign up online to join in with cooking / serving sessions, however, we recommend you try out one of our FoodCycle events before you volunteer !!

    NEW Volunteers - Sign Up here:

    If you have experienced FoodCycle - Please click here and include your name, email and mobile:

    If you need help with this form or you prefer to contact us directly...

    Call: 01603 660756
    SMS: 07583 921989

Hundreds Snap Up Hot Meals > South Norwich News

Posted by Don Timson, Thursday, 31st March 2011 @ 7:58pm

  • New Project Takes Off

    Free hot meals are being served up each week in Norwich, made from ingredients shops would otherwise throw away.

    It’s part of a project to reduce the amount of food waste…

    Set up in January, the idea behind Food Cycle is to make use of food that shops thrown away. Surplus fruit and veg is collected from around half a dozen stores who’ve signed up to support the scheme. Among them are Wholesome, Rainbow Wholefoods, McCarthy’s Wholesalers and stalls on Norwich market.

    The ingredients are cooked and served up as a healthy meal every Friday to those who need it, just off Pottergate. As they don’t accept meat or fish, the meals are vegetarian; hotpots, curries and salads. Volunteer manager, Donald Timson said: “It’s extremely successful. We’ve got keen volunteers who help make it run smoothly. We’re catering for easily a hundred people, maybe more and we’d like to expand.” Many students use the service: “They come for financial reasons, but also want a healthy meal, or want to socialise and be part of a community operation. Many support the aim of reducing waste.”

    So far, only one supermarket, Budgens, has joined the project. Project leader, Rob Cooke, says it’s an on-going process: “What we’re doing is amazing already. It’s really disappointing that the supermarkets, bar Budgens, are not on board. We would have expected or hoped that at least one of them would have jumped at the chance.”

    From a shopkeeper’s point of view, they can reduce the amount of food they’d have to throw away. Tim Cross, who runs Wholesome said: “I can’t bear to see food wasted and think it’s a fantastic idea… and of course, being in the city centre, we have to pay to have our rubbish taken away so it helps us out too.”

    According to the charity, the food industry in the UK sends 1.6 million tonnes of food to landfill. They say a quarter of this could be collected to make nutritious meals for vulnerable people affected by food poverty.

    Food Cycle provide a free meal every Friday at The Friends Meeting House on Upper Goat Lane, 7-9pm.

    * Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 11:21 am By Claire Wood

Let’s Bin Food Poverty in Norwich!!

  • Friday, 18th March 2011 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW

    • 11 people attended

Social for Volunteers and Local Organisations

  • Friday, 14th January 2011 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich

    We have decided to use our first event as a dummy run/ volunteers social as we have yet to get…

FoodCycle Norwich

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