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Recipes for Community

We’ve collected delicious vegetarian recipes from top chefs and our brilliant volunteers, which are all hearty dishes that are made for sharing. We can't wait to share them with you.

Stories from the FoodCycle Annual Conference

Every year we invite our Project Leaders to our Annual Conference, where we share ideas, develop new skills and get a chance to celebrate all the amazing things they achieve as volunteers. Joana Costa is one of these volunteer leaders, who has been volunteering with FoodCycle Birmingham Aston for a few months. We asked her to tell us more about her experience at the conference and what inspires her to give her time to FoodCycle!

FoodCycle Awards 2018

Every year at the FoodCycle Conference we recognise the work of our amazing Project Leaders. This year we added some awards for individual volunteers who have made a big impact in their region. Here are the winners! 

£35 for a week – for a family of four (and a cat!)

I managed to hit Tesco after, but only to get the first half of our weeks food, with toiletries. I wanted to get some more food, but the Tesco I had managed to get to had decided that it was sold out of their value range in almost everything. We’ll have to hit ASDA tomorrow.

Day 7 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

I have made it to the end of the challenge, for many people this will be an ongoing weekly challenge to feed themselves and their families.  I have just enough food to make meals and eat for my last day. 

Day 6 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

I had a quiet day today, starting off with a trip to the dentist, which cost £21.60 for a check up. If you lose your teeth it makes it harder to eat a healthy diet, but the dentist cost more than my food budget for the week!

Day 5 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

Day 5 went well, I think I am getting used to eating less food. It was Bran flakes for breakfast with banana again. I never realised how sweet bran flakes were before, but it must be because they are the only food with sugar in that I have to eat. The bran flakes were a bargain and have added a welcome crunch to my meals. 

Day 4 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

I am having to spend more time organising my eating, I am finding that I think more about food, I am looking at the food in the fridge and am wondering if it will last me the week, I am lucky enough to know that I can go back to my usual food budget next week.

Day 3 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

Tuesday was a bit easier, though I had chicken for tea again,  I still woke early, but no headache today. Still not had any coffee, so I am getting used to tea.

Day 2 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

Monday and the second day of the challenge, I woke up at 6 am hungry, I waited till 8 am to eat my breakfast as it would be a long time till lunch. I had toast and baked beans for breakfast which filled me up, but I am still missing coffee to wake me up.

Day 1 of the Holiday Hunger Challenge

Beverley is taking our Holiday Hunger Challenge in the first week of July. She will be living off a food and drink budget of just £2.50 a day to raise awareness of food poverty in the UK, especially during the school holidays which can push many families into food insecurity and poverty.

What is Holiday Hunger?

When you think of the school holidays, you may think of fun activities, holidays and a chance to recharge before the busy school year kicks off. But for many families on a low income, this is not the reality. 

My Holiday Hunger Challenge meal plan

Beverley is taking our Holiday Hunger Challenge in the first week of July. She will be living off a food and drink budget of just £2.50 a day to raise awareness of food poverty in the UK, especially during the school holidays which can push many families into food insecurity and poverty.

Could you live off £2.50 a day?

We've launched our Holiday Hunger Challenge to raise awareness what it’s like to be hungry in Britain today and to fundraise for FoodCycle's work.

A dessert from surplus: Our top vegetarian recipes

Every week our volunteers are challenged with turning the surplus food into delicious and nutritious meals. They’ve gotten pretty creative to make a mismatch of food work together. We’ve asked them to share some of their recipes with you so you can make a three course meal the FoodCycle way!

A main meal from surplus: Our top vegetarian recipes

Every week our volunteers are challenged with turning the surplus food into delicious and nutritious meals. They’ve gotten pretty creative to make a mismatch of food work together. We’ve asked them to share some of their recipes with you so you can make a three course meal the FoodCycle way!

A starter from surplus: Our top vegetarian recipes

Every week our volunteers are challenged with turning the surplus food into delicious and nutritious meals. They’ve gotten pretty creative to make a mismatch of food work together. We’ve asked them to share some of their recipes with you so you can make a three course meal the FoodCycle way!

Taste not waste: Meet our cycling food collection heroes

If it wasn’t for our food collection heroes, none of our tasty, community meals could happen. This week we spoke to Ellen, an amazing Project Leader who joins the team collecting food on bike, rain or shine, in hilly Bristol.

TASTE NOT WASTE: MEET OUR DRIVING FOOD COLLECTION HEROES

If it wasn’t for our food collection heroes, none of our tasty, community meals could happen. This week we spoke to Gordon, an amazing Project Leader who joins the team collecting lots of lovely food by car, in wonderful Cambridge.

What’s going on in your community this spring?

Spring into action and get stuck involved in your community this season. There is an abundance of activities taking place in your community as the weather warms up and the outdoors begins to flourish.

Volunteer stories: An interview with a FoodCycle Project Leader

Ever wondered what it's like to be a FoodCycle Project Leader? Well... now is your chance. We spoke to lovely volunteer Maria, 21, who has been the PR, Marketing and Communications Leader at FoodCycle Finsbury Park for just over a year. She tells us how she got into volunteering, what she does each week and what she enjoys most about leading a team of volunteers.

How FoodCycle helps guests in the winter

We know that winter months can be hard for everyone, but those who are more vulnerable are often hit the hardest. Some of our guests have kindly shared how FoodCycle helps them out in the colder months.

5 realistic ways you can help reduce food waste in the UK

The more food wasted, the worse problems such as hunger and food poverty become. There are also economic and environmental impacts to consider. So, what can we, as ordinary citizens, do to help reduce this unnecessary waste? Here are five practical steps you can take to do your part.

5 reasons why you should volunteer in 2018

If you already plan on giving back to your communities this year by volunteering, then great! But if you're still on the fence about it, allow us to convince you with these five pretty great reasons to go for it.

FoodCycle in 2017

It's been a year of growth for FoodCycle in 2017, in more ways than one. We opened 6 more projects this year - Salford Langworthy and Prestwich in Manchester, as well as Bow Road, Cricklewood, Finsbury Park, and Dalston in London - widening our reach and spreading our advocacy across the UK. That brings the total number of FoodCycle projects to 34, the most we’ve had to date.

Chef by Day, Volunteer by night

With FoodCycle you're all working together on the same 3 courses, in a much smaller space, it creates a much more tangible sense of teamwork in comparison to my day job. The way FoodCycle works also encourages you to be creative in the kitchen, it's a real confidence booster when you've all come up with something off the top of your head, made it together and it goes down really well, it really makes you want to cook and experiment more in general.

Peter’s FoodCycle Hacks and Tips

Practical Peter from FoodCycle Finsbury Park loves a good hack. Whether it is making delicious meals using food surplus, using simple methods to clean difficult stains or thinking up non-traditional cooking methods, Peter is your man. In this monthly blog, he will be sharing all his favourite FoodCycley knowledge with you, so you can get a bit of the Peter magic each month.

Volunteering Stories

Although I already knew that FoodCycle does more than just feed people, experiencing for myself the intangible effect of the community-like gathering – and how it directly addressed the issues brought about by food poverty – was something else entirely.

Why I loved the FoodCycle Annual Conference 2017

In October, myself and a few other Bristol project leaders headed to London for the conference. The conference is great because it gives the Project Leaders a chance to meet up with projects from around the country – I ended up making friends with some of the Peterborough team, and I’m going to have to visit the Birmingham and Sheffield projects at some point soon.

I attended a conference on a weekend and I loved every minute of it.

As a fledgling Project Leader I had no idea what to expect when Matt invited me to attend the two day FoodCycle Annual Conference at a legal headquarters. Sounded heavy. And in some ways, it was. After a lectern thumping introduction from our leaders we found ourselves pacing between boardrooms having serious chats against a stunning city skyline backdrop. Like a UK version of Suits, minus the withering one liners. In casual purple T-shirts.

Peter’s FoodCycle Hacks & Tips

Practical Peter from FoodCycle Finsbury Park loves a good hack. Whether it is making delicious food with very few ingredients, using simple methods to clean difficult stains or thinking up non-traditional cooking methods, Peter is your man. In this monthly blog, he will be sharing all his favourite FoodCycley knowledge with you, so you can get a bit of the Peter magic each month.

Our Shining Stars – The Annual Awards 2017

At this year’s FoodCycle Annual Conference we have been delighted to recognise the brilliant efforts of our Project Leaders at our awards ceremony. Our Project Leaders give so much time, energy and creativity each week to their projects, and really do help to reduce food poverty, loneliness and food waste in their communities.

FoodCycle Annual Conference 2017

It's that time of year again where we invite our fantastic project leaders to London for a two-day, action packed conference.

Secrets of a fundraising campaign

We were over the moon when a family business raised over £5,000 for FoodCycle, meaning we can serve more tasty meals for people in need. Here's how they did it...

5 favourite things about FoodCycle

We sat down with the lovely guests at FoodCycle Islington to ask them about why they come along and what they enjoy about a FoodCycle meal.

“Be a changemaker” and join FoodCycle Hackney

"After I attended my first session, the first question I asked myself was 'Why did I not know about this sooner?'" - interested in getting involved in FoodCycle? Find out more from Project Leader, Hibi Racs.

FoodCycle’s impact in 2016

We’re so happy to announce FoodCycle's third impact report which we launched at the beginning of 2016! It’s a celebration of everything our volunteers do to build communities, support vulnerable people and make a difference to the lives of our guests.

Let’s go gleaning!

As FoodCyclers, food fanatics and fans of the open air, both Sarah and Clare at FoodCycle HQ have been keen to go gleaning for a long time.

On a sunny Monday in August, we headed down to a farm in Sussex to save surplus sweetcorn.

Organising a fundraising event – top tips!

In this guest post, Tess Timothy, one half of FoodCycle’s dynamic fundraising duo, reflects on the lessons she has learnt from masterminding the charity’s 2016 gala dinner. Tess gives some pearls of wisdom for the budding events organiser, and gives some key insights into what its like to put on a high profile event.

Birmingham Aston: The story so far…

FoodCycle Birmingham relaunched at the end of April 2016. In this guest post, the Birmingham Aston Hub Leader team reflect on the first couple of weeks of setting up and running the Hub.

Kenwood’s kitchen takeover

This post is written by Roisin Kay, Hub Leader at FoodCycle Portsmouth and Recipe Development Chef (what a great title!) at Kenwood, one of FoodCycle’s charity partners. Last week, an enthusiastic team from Kenwood took part in a ‘kitchen takeover’ at Portsmouth Hub.

Can you help out at FoodCycle Clacton?

FoodCycle Clacton-on-Sea is looking to recruit a volunteer Support Officer to help out at the project’s weekly cooking sessions on Monday lunchtimes.

FoodCycle Peckham: The Inside Track

In this guest post, Peckham Hub Leader Sam Oxley reflects on his time as a volunteer. As well as looking at what he has got out of volunteering with FoodCycle, Sam looks at the importance of community and the power food has to bring people together.

FoodCycle is seven!

FoodCycle is celebrating seven years of fighting poverty, tackling waste and bringing communities together through the power of good food

FoodCycle Connects launches in Bristol!

In this post, FoodCycle Bristol Hub Leader, and coordinator of Bristol Connects, Heather Mack explains what is going on in the south west and how they are sending so much surplus food to good causes across the city! #BelliesNotBins

Londoners pay it forward for FoodCycle

In this big old city, squashed like a sardine on the commuter journey, it can sometime feel like random acts of kindness are a million miles away. For many, the capital can be an isolating place and positive interactions with strangers can sometimes feel few and far between.

Plastic bag tax to tackle poverty

The days of the plastic bag are numbered: from October 5th 2015, a new law will mean that supermarkets will charge 5p for every plastic bag we use when we go shopping.

London to Brighton 2016

Saddle up for the iconic London to Brighton cycle this September and raise money for FoodCycle!

FoodCycle’s Green & Pleasant Land!

It’s been months in the planning but our big fundraising dinner ‘Green & Pleasant Land‘ is almost upon us: seven star chefs will each cook a course that celebrates British produce, our landscape and the communities we work to support across the country.

FoodCycle’s second impact report

After months of monitoring and evaluation, we’re so happy to announce our second social impact report! It’s the culmination of lots of hard work in our Hubs and a celebration of all that our projects have achieved.

Love is in the air

Love it or loathe it, the 14th February is upon us again and on behalf of everyone here at FoodCycle, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

Lent: the time to be a Hub Leader

Lent is upon us and many of you will have now banned chocolate, crisps, biscuits, cake or cheese to pass your lips for the next 40 days.

What will you do this New Year?

We all know that the beginning of a new year is the time for resolutions: losing a stone, running a marathon, eating less chocolate and flossing more regularly - the classics that seem to come round ever year.

Award Winning Bristol!

FoodCycle Bristol won the Green Community Group award at Bristol’s Green Capital Awards. In this post, the wonderful Hub Leaders Alice Tirbooman and Jane Kilpatrick explain what happened on the night, and why they won the award!

Feelin’ festive at FoodCycle Bloomsbury!

Last weekend, FoodCycle Bloomsbury kicked off the Christmas season with a festive fundraiser – they raised over £570 and had a fantastic night. But you don’t need us to tell you that – just read their Christmassy poem for a flavour of the night!

World AIDS Day at FoodCycle

FoodCycle LSE is partnered with the HIV charity The Food Chain, and in this post Anna Ellis explains what that partnerships means for their guests, and how FoodCycle LSE are supporting people living with HIV.

Sheffield goes gardening…

With a small discovery similar to Bingham’s uncovering of Machu Picchu in 1911, the St Bart’s hub in Sheffield has discovered a gem of their own.

Wow, FoodCycle 2015, what a weekend!

Last weekend, 70 brilliant individuals from across the country came together for the highlight of the FoodCycle calendar: the annual Hub Leader conference!

Countdown to #FoodCycle2015 conference

On Saturday 24th October, around 80 Hub Leaders, of all ages from all over the UK will be sacrificing their weekend lie-ins and rising early with one thing in common - they will all be heading to the annual FoodCycle Conference 2015!

Tour de FoodCycle

This September, FoodCycle Bristol Hub Leaders Alice, Cat and Hattie will be cycling from London to Paris and back (over 300 miles!) to raise money for FoodCycle.

London to Brighton – Thank you!

A massive congratulation to our team of cyclists that took on the London to Brighton cycle ride last weekend! They’ve raised over £1,500 so far – and donations are still rolling in!

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