The Future is Bright: Feedback and FoodCycle are partnering!
Together the programme will train over 4,000 young people to reclaim surplus food through gleaning and to cook this food for vulnerable people.
Our Bright Future
The initiative, funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Our Bright Future’ programme, will support 18-24 year olds to get involved and make a difference in their local area.
Through Feedback’s Gleaning Network, young people will collect some of the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on farms every year across the UK because they do not meet strict cosmetic standards.
Young people then volunteer with FoodCycle, a national charity that uses surplus food to cook three-course nutritious tasty meals for people at risk of food poverty and loneliness. Volunteers and guests sit down together to share a meal – and for many guests, this is the one chance they have each week to eat with and have a conversation with others.
FoodCycle runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – all working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable people. The charity combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. With 24 projects across the UK now, FoodCycle operates under the simple idea that food waste and food poverty should not coexist.
Since starting cooking in May 2009, FoodCycles’ incredible volunteers have served over 125,000 meals made using over 146,000kg of surplus food – the equivalent saving of 657,000kg CO2 emissions. Find out more about FoodCycle on their website.
Sounds amazing! How can I get involved?
Are you aged 18-24 and looking to make a difference? Through From Farm to Fork, you will develop important skills, reconnect with farmers and the countryside, create positive social and environmental change and play an important role in supporting your local community. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating our Facebook page and this space with more details.