FoodCycle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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
And 8 hubs out of London
There also is the Station House Community Café