We’re honoured to be featured in the first ever FoodCycle social impact report – and it’s all thanks to you guys! As we hope you already know, we donate a hot meal for every pancake mix we sell so that FoodCycle can serve a hot meal to someone who really needs it.
Some of the stats in their report are pretty shocking . Did you know that 72% of the guests that visit FoodCycle have already skipped a meal that week? Hunger is a very real issue in the UK and FoodCycle are working hard to make a difference. They’ve served over 100,000 meals since they started, and reclaimed over 120,000kg of surplus food.
We were touched by the number of people that FoodCycle have managed to provide meals for, but what resonated with us even more was the impact it had on people’s lives.
Guests make new friends and feel more a part of the community – that’s pretty important considering over 60% of guests live alone, and 19% don’t even have access to cooking facilities.
Here are some quotes from the guests themselves:
“I come here because I was on the streets for about a month and a half, sleeping on park benches. The only way I can describe it [homelessness] is humiliating. You feel worthless – the lowest of the low. Out of 10, I’d give FoodCycle 11! A lot of people leave here with happy faces and full tummies. It’s really beneficial for people like me. They [the volunteers] are basically guardian angels.” Chris, guest at FoodCycle Manchester
“I’m in a hostel at the moment. I’ve been there for a few months now, before that I was homeless. I’ve been coming to FoodCycle on and off for a year and a half, it’s always been really good, it’s the healthiest meal I have all week and it’s nice to come and see people. I like the food here, it’s really nice. It tastes really fresh and they really helped me out while I was street homeless, it was really helpful. Some people bring in clothes, that’s also really useful. Roughly the same people come each week and we just have a chat and see how they are. FoodCycle is healthy, sociable and a nice experience.” Andrew, 33, guest at FoodCycle Cambridge Hub
“I don’t have any food at home because I only have £8.00 a week to live on, so FoodCycle is a godsend to me. The food service and volunteers are fantastic and all deserve a medal.” Guest at FoodCycle Durham
“It means a lot. Having a meal here means more food for the children at home.” Guest at the FoodCycle Hub in Clacton-on-Sea
“I heard about FoodCycle and came with my late husband. Since he has died I don‘t like to cook just for myself, so this is perfect and I am grateful… no matter who you are, you are always made to feel welcome.” Virginia, 87 year-old guest at FoodCycle Cambridge
Not familiar with FoodCycle? They’re a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. We work with them by donating a hot meal for every pancake mix we sell.
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