FoodCycle’s Impact

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meals cooked and served


tonnes of surplus food saved


guest served each week

We build communities

Communities are built around FoodCycle meals: guests and volunteers meet new people and make friends, eat with those from different walks of life and share conversations with one another.

  • 87% of our guests said FoodCycle has a positive effect on their local area
  • Over 80% of guests say they have made friends and feel more a part of their community
  • Over 85% of volunteers have developed a better understanding of other cultures and backgrounds

We reduce food poverty

Our projects are based in some of the most deprived communities in the UK and support people living with hunger and poverty.

  • Each week, we serve over 1,500 guests a week and also give away tupperware boxes for guests to take home
  • Since launch in 2009 we have rescued over 425,000 kg of surplus food, the equivalent of over 1 million meals
  • Guests were given over 8,000 takehome boxes of food last year to support them during the week

We are a place for our guests to make friends

A lack of social contact with other people can have a huge effect on an individual’s mental and physical health.

  • Over half of our guests live alone and 72% feel lonely
  • Over half of guests say their social connections are better since coming to a FoodCycle meal
  • Over 70% of our guests come to a meal at least once a fortnight and many attend once or twice a week

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