FoodCycle, the charity that fights food poverty and loneliness, has continued to operate in Dingle throughout the pandemic and is now seeking to open a second project in another part of the city.
The charity nourishes communities across the UK with free, nutritious meals. Under ‘normal’ circumstances, FoodCycle volunteers take surplus food and turn it into meals that are served communally, with the aim of reducing food waste, reducing food poverty and tackling social isolation. The meals are open to anyone is who hungry or lonely.
At the start of the pandemic FoodCycle quickly adapted to delivering food parcels. The team has now moved to providing a Cook and Collect takeaway service. In Liverpool, FoodCycle runs a cook and delivery service from St Cleopa’s Church in Dingle. The intention is for it to return to providing community meals by the summer, or as soon as government guidelines allow, but for the time being this site is operating at capacity.
The only way for FoodCycle to expand in Liverpool is to launch a second project. For this to happen, the charity needs to find an additional venue and more volunteers. Ideally the venue will tick the following boxes:
- Home to a kitchen with a larger than domestic cooker (6 hobs, or 2 four hob cookers)
- Elbow room for volunteer cooks and / or, ideally, a separate prep area
- Storage for a few big pots and some dry goods
- Seating for 35+ people to sit down together
- Available for the same 4.5 – 5 hours every week
If you have a venue that you think could be perfect for FoodCycle (ideally outside of Toxteth, where the current project is situated) or you would like to volunteer your time to support the expansion, please email email@example.com.
For more information about the charity, visit the FoodCycle website.Back to blog