- Volunteers urgently needed to help FoodCycle tackle food poverty in Sutton-in-Ashfield
- 87% of guests say that FoodCycle makes them feel part of their community
- 81% say that attending a FoodCycle meal makes them feel less lonely
- 86% said they feel happier after coming to a FoodCycle meal
- 84% said they have made friends at a FoodCycle meal
FoodCycle, the charity that aims to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community, is in urgent need of volunteers as it opens its doors in Sutton-in-Ashfield. This is FoodCycle’s first Project in Nottinghamshire, a reflection of the vital need for services like this as people across the East Midlands continue to be affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
Opening on 29th March at the The Magdalene Centre on Church Avenue, the weekly free meal will provide great food and conversation every Wednesday at 6pm for anyone who wants to come along.
FoodCycle East Midlands Regional Manager, Martha Skinner says:” We are thrilled to be opening our first Project in the East Midlands, introducing FoodCycle to the Sutton-in-Ashfield community. As the cost-of-living crisis continues to hit people hard across the country and we greet spring with news of increased energy bills and supermarket food supply issues, our service is more vital than ever. We look forward to providing a warm space, friendly chat and a nutritious, three-course meal to anyone in the community who needs it, no questions asked.”
FoodCycle recently released a research report highlighting how ‘community dining’ is the answer to tackling loneliness and food insecurity. Written by social eating and community food systems expert, Dr Marsha Smith of Coventry University and supported by a survey of 2,000 people*. The survey found that near to 2 in 3 agree that not enough is being done by local councils to promote community dining projects. It also highlighted that we are a nation of solo diners, with 24% saying that they eat alone every day of the week, Yet, one in two believe mental health is benefited by eating together. In terms of hurdles to finding social connection, it found that 96% of the population have not heard of community dining projects but near to one in two would attend if one was available in their area.
FoodCycle Needs You
FoodCycle Sutton-in-Ashfield is looking to recruit new volunteers and Project Leaders. Flexible volunteer roles without a minimum time commitment are open to anyone and include cooking, hosting and running Projects.
Serving up free weekly community meals using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, FoodCycle is a vital service that relies on its volunteers to provide nutritious food and conversation across the UK.
Paul, FoodCycle Volunteer says; "Because of FoodCycle, I’ve found I enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen environment and it’s something I’d love to do as proper paid work. Being at FoodCycle every week helps to show that I am reliable, can work with other people and that I am committed, so it’s really changed things for me. We have a natter and a laugh, and I like the teamwork and the people. We eat good food and catch up on what we’ve been doing in the week. Everyone is very kind and very inclusive."
FoodCycle’s free community meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who cannot afford to buy food. No questions asked, you can just turn up and take a seat.
Without volunteers, FoodCycle cannot provide a vital service to the community who have come to rely on the chance to sit down to a free, three-course meal every week.
Opening on 29th March 2023, the free weekly meal at FoodCycle Sutton-in-Ashfield will take place every Wednesday from 6pm at The Magdalene Centre, Church Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 2EB