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Meet our FoodCycle Volunteers

We think it’s about time you to meet some of our wonderful volunteers and find out a little bit more about why they give up their time to support FoodCycle (and why you should too!)

What Motivates Our FoodCycle Volunteers?

To kick off a month focusing on all things volunteering at FoodCycle, we recently asked our volunteers what about the work that FoodCycle do motivates them the most...

National Burger Day Recipe

To celebrate National Burger Day, we asked the team at FoodCycle Felling to share the recipe for this striking charcoal bun veggie burger

CommuniTEA Baking Recipes

To celebrate our upcoming CommuniTEA Party fundraising event, we thought we'd share some nutrient-packed baking recipes from FoodCycle volunteers...

Keeping Our Guests and Volunteers Safe

It’s been a long time since we last sat down to share food and conversation at our FoodCycle Projects and we are so pleased that we can finally return to our Community Meals from the week of 19th July.

Tasty Summer Recipes

To celebrate the arrival of summer, we asked our FoodCycle volunteers what they've been whipping up in community kitchens across the country...

National Sandwich Week Recipes

To mark National Sandwich Week from 15th-22nd May, we asked members of the FoodCycle family to share their top tips for vegetarian sandwich fillings

FoodCycle Is Reaching More Communities!

It’s been a busy few months at FoodCycle with some exciting new Projects springing up to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for communities across the country!

A Quick Chat With Bath Project Leader Alice King

We talk to FoodCycle Bath Project Leader Alice King, who is taking on a 52-mile return hike from Salisbury to Winchester along with Claringdon Way Yo-Yo in a 24-hour period to raise money for FoodCycle.

Our CEO Mary McGrath Awarded An MBE!

Our very own FoodCycle CEO Mary McGrath was awarded an MBE for her services to the country in the New Years Honours List 2021 and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Lockdown Update

With the most recent lockdown announcement, we wanted to reassure you that FoodCycle Projects can, and will, continue to operate

FoodCycle Christmas Recipes

To spread a little joy and culinary inspiration, we asked our incredible FoodCycle volunteers to share their favourite festive recipes

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

We’re thrilled that FoodCycle has once again been selected to participate in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest match funding campaign

A Christmas Carol Charity Partner

FoodCycle are delighted to have been chosen as the A Christmas Carol Charity Partner for this year’s production to be live streamed from The Old Vic stage.

Pumpkin recipes

FoodCycle staff and volunteers share their favourite ways to use up any left over pumpkin, seeds and all.

#WFD Insta Cookbook

To mark World Food Day, we're launching the first Insta Cookbook, and we want you to share your favourite world recipes!

#WorldFoodDay Meet the Chef: Danilo Cortellini

As part of our World Food Day raffle, you could win a private bespoke cooking class with Chef Danilo Cortellini! Find out more about this talented chef, his love for Italian food and try your hand at one of his authentic recipes...

#WorldFoodDay Meet the Chef: Monica Haldar

As part of our World Food Day raffle, you could win a private bespoke cooking class with Chef Monica Haldar! Find out more about this renowned chef, her part in The Spice Club and learn one of her tasty recipes...

What makes a Project Leader?

As we continue to grow and ask for more volunteers to take the lead at our Projects, we asked our FoodCycle regional managers just what makes a Project Leader so great!

Cook with Monica

Join talented chef and Spice Club connoisseur Monica Haldar, as she hosts a special live cooking session to raise money for FoodCycle.

Bath Student Volunteers

Student volunteers help their local project during lockdown by creating outstanding social media campaigns!

Abbey Cooks for FoodCycle

Abbey Bonnett is one young masterchef who is slowly approaching 200 new dishes. A tasty feat all in aid of FoodCycle! 

International Friendship Day

We're celebrating International Friendship Day with a spotlight on our lovely check-in and chat volunteers and guests.

Cook with Ben Tish

Join renowned chef and Sicilian food aficionado Ben Tish, as he hosts a special live cook-along to raise money for FoodCycle.

Cook with Cyrus Todiwala

Renowned chef and TV personality, Cyrus Todiwala is hosting a special live cook-along to raise money for FoodCycle.

Check-in and chat in Loneliness Awareness Week

As it's Loneliness Awareness Week, we wanted to share some of the feedback we've had from our new check-in and chat volunteers. We've found that not only do these calls reduce feelings of loneliness in our guests, they are also really beneficial for our volunteers. 

Cook with Danilo Cortellini

FoodCycle Patron and Head Chef at the Italian Embassy, Danilo Cortellini is hosting a special live cook-along to raise money for FoodCycle.

Delivery Update

Alongside our volunteers, FoodCycle has been working tirelessly to get the new delivery service up and running. Find out how many tonnes of food we have saved and how many food parcels have been delivered.

New check-in and chat service

Our charitable vision is a society where no one is hungry or lonely. The current situation has meant that our Community Meals, where guests and volunteers come together to eat and socialize, cannot go ahead.  We have transformed ourselves into a food parcel delivery service and this week, we are launching our new check-in and chat service. 

FoodCycle supporters take on The 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge launches on Sunday 26 April and supporters are being asked to take part in an activity of their choice, based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and then fundraise or donate to their favourite charity.

FoodCycle Delivers

Our guests need us more than ever and whilst we can’t run our community meals at the moment, we are pleased to announce that we are trialling the delivery of free food parcels.

Projects on Pause

Sadly all FoodCycle Projects are currently on pause but be assured we are working as hard as we can to deliver a new type of service.

Why I love being a FoodCycle volunteer in Newcastle

Zoe has given over 150 hours to FoodCycle Monkchester (Newcastle), making their tasty, community meals happen each week.  We asked her why she took the opportunity to join FoodCycle as a volunteer, what being a Project Leader entails and what she most enjoys from her volunteering role. Read on to learn more! 

£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 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. 

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.

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 & 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.

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!

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