FoodCycle comes to Peterborough!
FoodCycle, a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation, is launching in Peterborough.
FoodCycle run over 24 projects across the UK, united by the simple idea that food waste and food poverty should not coexist.
Over 4 million people are affected by food poverty, yet as many as 15 million tonnes of food waste is wasted each year in the UK alone.
FoodCycle have three main aims:
1) Reduce food poverty by serving nutritious meals to vulnerable people. There are 4 million people affected by food poverty in the UK due to lack of income, knowledge or time.
2) Reduce food waste: An estimated 400,000 tonnes of surplus food is disposed of each year by the food retail industry. FoodCycle collect surplus food from local retailers and cook it into delicious, nutritious meals.
3) Build communities and reduce social isolation by sitting down together to share a meal and conversation by welcoming people to a place where they can expect a friendly face.
Since FoodCycle started cooking in May 2009, their volunteers have served over 125,000 meals made using over 146,000kg of surplus food – the equivalent saving of 657,000kg CO2 emissions. In partnership with Cross Keys Homes, the Peterborough Hub is one of the newest FoodCycle Hubs to open in the UK.
How can you get involved?
The Hub is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy. FoodCycle have opportunities available for people to come along and cook, host guests and be involved in collecting the surplus food donations from local suppliers.
You don’t need to have any previous cooking experience, although if you do that is just as welcome! They want as many local volunteers as possible and everyone is welcome to be a part of the Hub.
Please register to volunteer by emailing Peterborough@foodcycle.org.uk or clicking here.
They are also looking to recruit Hub Leaders to manage all aspects of the Hub. You could be managing the volunteers, leading the cooking sessions or reaching out to the local community. It’s a great way for you to develop new skills – have a look at the Hub Leader page to find out how you can get involved.
The Peterborough Hub, at Westgate Church, Peterborough, PE1 1RG, is a safe and welcoming place for you to come along and meet some friendly people and share a hot, nutritious meal. FoodCycle Peterborough will be posting more information about their weekly meal very soon.
For more information visit www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/peterborough-hub
You can also follow @foodcyclepeterborough or like foodcyclepeterborough on Facebook for more updates from FoodCycle Peterborough.