FoodCycle’s Impact

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775, 644

meals* handed out in 2020


tonnes of surplus food saved in 2020


minutes spent nattering

2020 was a year unlike any other, a large majority of it was about adapting our services to ensure we could continue to support vulnerable people within communities across the country.  Our core aims have always been to save surplus food, tackle food poverty and prevent loneliness, which we continued to do.

Community Meals

Whilst there was lots of change, from January to March we were able to bring our guests together to enjoy a hot three-course meal, cooked and served by our team of incredible volunteers.

  • 42 Project locations at the start of 2020
  • 17,000 people ate with us from January to March

FoodCycle Delivers

When lockdown was announced we quickly adapted to a food parcel delivery service, ensuring those who needed it most, could still have access to healthy, nutritional food.

  • 62,076 deliveries made
  • 161,400 people helped (average of 2.6 people per household)
  • 83% of recipients said they ate more fruit and veg thanks to their FoodCycle delivery
  • 63% said they relied on FoodCycle as they simply could not afford to buy food

Cook and Collect

As restrictions eased, volunteers were able to return to the kitchen to prepare and cook tasty nutritious meals, that our guests could then come and collect.

  • 74,073 hot dishes* cooked
  • 21,231 – the number of times our hosts said ‘hello’ to guests

Check-In and Chat

A lack of social contact with other people can have a huge effect on an individual’s mental and physical health, which is why we launched our Check-in and Chat service, so we could continue those conversations throughout lockdown and beyond.

  • 8,774 calls made
  • 1.2 million minutes spent nattering

*equivalent meals, based on the assumption an average meal weighs 420g (FSA 2008)


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