Since we began gleaning in 2012, with the help of over 2,000 volunteers we have rescued 383 tonnes of good quality fruit and vegetables from going to waste on farms.
From Farm to Fork is an exciting collaboration between Feedback and FoodCycle, offering young people the opportunity to learn about food and the environment, and to work with communities to tackle social isolation, gaining valuable skills and experience throughout their journey.
Young people will go on gleaning days to collect fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted, and ensure that this food is instead redistributed to people and communities in need. Our volunteers will learn about farming and the food system, about why so much good food is often thrown away, and about why these issues pose an urgent threat to our environment. Most importantly, they will be empowered to become part of the solution.
Once this valuable and nutritious food is gleaned by volunteers, where does it go? The answer: to organisations such as FoodCycle, a nationwide charity that supports people who are hungry and lonely by serving tasty lunches and dinners every single day. Our young volunteers will be key team-players in FoodCycle kitchens, helping to prepare, cook and serve innovative meals made from ‘surplus’ food. Once the food is ready, 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.
This project will offer more than 4,000 young people the opportunity to gain skills across the whole food chain: from farm to fork.
‘From Farm to Fork’ is proud to be part of Our Bright Future: an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors. This £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people aged 11-24 gain vital skills and experience and improve their well-being. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy.
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