Building a better food community at FoodCycle
Updated: May 14
Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat, yet at the same time, 12 million tonnes of food is wasted each year along the food supply chain, from agricultural production, distribution, processing, down to retail and household level. Yet, a large proportion is indeed fresh and safe to consume, but was wasted due to simple reasons such as overproduction at farm, aesthetic rejection by retailers, overstocking at supermarkets etc. If these surplus foods are not redistributed to people in time, they are sold as animal feed, used for anaerobic digestion, or even sent to the landfill.
As a socially-aware business, Powdies has always been keen on tackling the food wastage problem. We strongly believe concerted local effort is paramount. Outside of work, we have been actively volunteering at FoodCycle, an amazing food charity which helps reduce food wastes and build a better food community.
FoodCycle is a UK-wide food charity which turns local surplus food into nutritional meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. Once every week, FoodCycle volunteers collect surplus food from local farmers and supermarkets. We then gather at a community kitchen and cook delicious three-course meals for all visiting guests, such as older people, people dealing with mental health issues, those affected by homelessness, low-income families, asylum seekers and refugees, and people who are long-term unemployed. At every meal, volunteers meet new people and make friends, eat with those from different walks of life and share conversations with one another. FoodCycle is not just about saving surplus food and preventing food poverty, but more importantly to strengthen and nourish communities by bringing people together around a healthy meal.
To date, FoodCycle has served over 1 million of meals, saved 425 thousand kg of surplus food and benefitted 275 thousand people in the community. Go check out their official website https://www.foodcycle.org.uk/ for all the great work and impact they have created across 43 locations in the UK!
Here are some pictures which record the fun and meaningful times we had when volunteering with the FoodCycle family (and of course featuring some delicious ‘upcycled’ dishes we made 100% from surplus food):