Three very good ways with food waste
In my last blog I reflected on the great things FoodCycle achieved in 2016, now it's time to look forward. Spring always brings a feeling of change and it's a chance for us at FoodCycle to look forward to all the exciting things just around the corner.
Our incredible volunteers all over the country are saving over a tonne of food a week and we’re opening new projects and serving more guests. Allow me to introduce you to new members of the FoodCycle family who are…
Cookin’ up a storm in Cricklewood
Based in northwest London and serving from Ashford Place homeless centre, the team began serving at the end of April and have quickly become the place to go for Saturday lunch.
I was involved in setting up Cricklewood and it really is one of my proudest achievements at FoodCycle. I’m a north London girl and I grew up with friends from Kilburn so opening a project here has taken me back to my childhood in many ways. It’s an area of need and we’re responding to that need by putting good food to very good use.
We have an amazing volunteer team who are really dedicated the project – they’re so excited to save food from the bin and to be making magic in the kitchen. Our venue, Ashford Place supports homeless people to move into permanent accommodation and the weekly meal is a space for ex- and current residents to enjoy a lunchtime meal with their friends. And our guests are loving the free meal and the chance to eat, chat and meet new people.
Opening doors in Dalston
Serving every Monday lunchtime, one of our newest projects is in trendy east London. Despite lots of regeneration in the area, there are still large pockets of deprivation, especially so for the refugee and asylum seeker community.
The new FoodCycle Dalston will serve refugee and asylum seeker families and we’re really excited to be working alongside Ourmala, an organisation which supports refugees through yoga. Many will be dealing with mental health issues and the effects of violence and conflict so we’re honoured to be supporting the community there through shared meals.
Making friends in Finsbury Park
One of our longstanding projects, the wonderful FoodCycle Bloomsbury, wanted to serve more guests. We found a new venue in Finsbury Park and serve free, tasty Saturday lunches every week.
Lots of our guests at Finsbury Park come from the surrounding estates and many will eat alone for most of the week. This new project is a place for them to meet others, make friends and have fun.
If you would like to get involved in any of our projects, we’d love you to join our team. Find out more here.Mary McGrath