From Farm to Fork

Our Bright Future logoRun jointly by Feedback and FoodCycle, From Farm to Fork will train more than 4,000 young people (18-24) to reclaim unharvested fruits and vegetables through gleaning, and to turn surplus food into delicious, nutritious three-course meals to be shared with vulnerable people.

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 nationwide charity that uses surplus food to cook nutritious and tasty three-course 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.

What We’ll Achieve

This project will offer more than 4,000 young people the opportunity to gain skills across the whole food chain from farm to fork.

– 4,200 young people will be engaged as volunteers and receive training and education

– 90 farmers will host gleaning days on their farms

– 245 tonnes of food (the equivalent of 3 million portions) of food will be diverted from waste and this is will create 81,000 meals

The Future Is Bright!

From Farm to Fork is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

Sounds amazing! How do I get involved?

Eager to get out in the fields? Sign up to Feedback’s gleaning list for updates on when the next gleaning day is coming up near you!

Want to get busy in the kitchen? Sign up as a FoodCycle volunteer, complete a short health and safety quiz, and register for your local FoodCycle Hub.

Together we can tackle food waste and food poverty, and empower young people to lead the way to an environmental future!